The sinking of the Moskva Missile Cruiser is a defeat for Russia and a precursor to change in the military situation in the region.
The danger is that Russia may be provoked into using its clear world lead in hypersonic missiles which NATO has currently no defense against, and sink a NATO ship encroaching on its marine territory.
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The flagship of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, the cruiser Moskva, was hit on April 14 by two missiles. After evacuating more than 500 crew members, the Moskva sank as she was being towed to Sevastopol. we don’t know yet about casualties, except that Ukraine claims the captain was killed.
The Ukrainian government claimed responsibility for the attack, while the Russians initially claimed a fire spread, causing ammunition to explode.
A US drone had circled above the cruiser on Thursday, monitoring its progress towards Sevastopol.
The destruction of the Moskva is the work of NATO and, more specifically, of the British. Only NATO is capable of determining the exact position of the ship in real time. Only NATO can relay that information to the coastal defense in Odessa, which is also run by NATO specialists.
Hence the similarities with the sinking of the ship General Belgrano in 1982, during the Falklands War, torpedoed by a British submarine. Since the end of the Second World War there are not many more precedents for amphibious attacks against cruisers of the size of the Moskva.
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NATO launched the missiles from more than 260 kilometers away. These are RS-360 Neptune subsonic anti-ship missiles, which entered service last year and are designed to destroy surface ships of more than 5,000 tons. Its characteristics are secret, although it is based on the Soviet Kh-35 anti-ship missile.
The attack was carried out at a long distance because the Russian fleet does not approach the Black Sea coast, due to NATO’s coastal defense systems and naval mines.
The Moskva cruiser entered service in 1983 in the Soviet Navy. She was built in Nikolayev, Ukraine, between 1976 and 1979. She participated in the Georgian War in 2008 and in the Syrian one from 2015.
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The operation was conducted in full cooperation between the Navy and NATO forces. According to air monitoring data of April 12, a British reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 was actively working in the Black Sea area and UAV RQ-4 Global Hawk flights were recorded at different times.
On that day, Alliance reconnaissance confirmed the presence of the Moskva, checked signatures and received comprehensive data on the location of other Russian Black Sea Fleet ships.
The flight data of the U.S. RC-135 and RQ-4 planes became unavailable. The reason was that the aerial reconnaissance aircraft flew with their transponders turned off, and civilian airspace monitoring equipment could not detect them, which is more than a clear sign of a military reconnaissance mission.
The missile strike on the cruiser was carried out using the Neptune missile system, a modern missile system made with military microelectronics manufactured in Western Europe.
Thus, it was able to receive external target designation from NATO reconnaissance aircraft. According to a number of reports, the attack on the cruiser also involved Bayraktar UAVs, which served for distraction of the Russian Navy.
What conclusions and predictions can be made at this time:
1. The naval blockade of Ukrainian ports is threatened. The Black Sea Fleet, due to its small number, cannot continue to lose surface ships. Russia has to look for other means to keep the coast and Ukrainian ports under control.
2. The attacks on the Russian Black Sea Fleet may continue, including with the NSM SCARs, the range of which is up to 300 km and allows the UAF to destroy Russian warships almost in the whole water area of the Black Sea, including the coast of Crimea. The Black Sea Fleet will be gradually pushed out of the waters of the Black Sea to the coast of the peninsula. Russia may be provoked into using its clear world lead in hypersonic missiles which NATO has currently no defense against, and sink a NATO ship encroaching on its marine territory.
3. The main direction of the AFU offensive becomes the South of Ukraine, the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions. Britain has repeatedly made it clear that Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, primarily Odessa, are of strategic importance.
The Donbass is also being reinforced in order to exhaust Russian and allied forces, but Russia is only using a small percentage of its military. The embedded AFU grouping, which has been strengthening for seven years and shelling Donbass with 13,000 victims, is far from being depleted. It consists of up to 35,000 military including the now leading Azov nazi forces with the mission of destroying the Donbass republics.
4. The Dnepropetrovsk region, as the political center in Southern Ukraine, which links all the surrounding regions, turns into another military coordination center.
5. Crimea becomes a priority target for the AFU and NATO operations. This confirms the Pentagon’s statement that the U.S. will provide Kiev with intelligence information on targets in Crimea and Donbass.
6. Not only the Black Sea Fleet, but also facilities and forces of the Crimean ground grouping may come under attack. The AFU hope to paralyze the logistics and resupply of the “southern” grouping of the Russian Armed Forces operating from Kherson.
7. The US will further step up its sanctions (extortion war), using illegal threats to force countries and corporations to sanction and boycott Russia and not pay in Rubles.
8. If Europe is forced to boycott Russian energy the EU economy will be shattered. The US on the other hand is presently self sufficient in fracked gas and close to it in oil, with its arms industry booming.