Day 50 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine was marked by Moscow’s flagship Black Sea missile cruiser sinking.
Throughout the day there were conflicting reports on how the 12,000-tonne vessel was damaged.
Russia said a fire on board caused ammunition to explode and that the crew had been evacuated. The warship was being towed to port when “stormy seas” caused it to sink, according to a Russian Defence Ministry message.
But Ukraine said it was responsible for the attack, claiming it targeted the cruiser with recently-introduced Ukrainian made missiles.
Whatever the cause, it is bad news for Moscow. It is the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, and, as such, a symbol of Russia’s military power.