Russian warship explodes, heavily damaged
RT (Russia) reported that the entire crew of the missile cruiser ‘Moskva’ was evacuated after an ammunition depot explosion caused by a fire, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement quoted by Russian media. lead on the evening of April 13.
The Russian military said that the country’s cruiser had suffered “serious damage”, adding that the fire was under investigation.
The Slava-class missile cruiser, launched in 1979, is armed with 16 anti-ship missiles and numerous anti-aircraft missiles, torpedoes and artillery. It is part of the Black Sea fleet, and has been involved in operations off Ukraine since February.
Ukrainian officials on Wednesday evening announced that a battery of their secret Neptune anti-ship missiles in Odessa had successfully attacked the Moskva twice, setting the cruiser on fire.
Those who spoke out on the Ukrainian side included Maksim Marchenko, the head of the military junta in Odessa, Ukraine, and Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the Interior Ministry in Kiev.
US, EU add military aid to Ukraine
On April 13, the US announced additional military assistance of $ 800 million including: artillery systems, armored vehicles and helicopters for Ukraine. The total amount of US military aid to Ukraine has reached more than 2.5 billion USD.
On the same day, the European Union announced that it would provide military aid of 500 million euros to Ukraine.
The EU has approved an additional 500 million euros ($544 million) in military equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“The coming weeks will be decisive. As Russia is believed to be preparing for a large-scale incursions into eastern Ukraine, it is important now that we continue to step up our military support. us for Ukraine,” said EU High Representative Josep Borrell.
The 500 million euros in aid this time brings the total financial assistance from the EU to Ukraine’s armed forces to 1.5 billion euros.
Ukraine denies reports of 1,026 soldiers surrendering in Mariupol
Reuters news agency reported that the Russian Defense Ministry said on April 13 that 1,026 soldiers of Ukraine’s 36th Marine Brigade, including 162 officers, had surrendered in Mariupol – an area believed to be troops. Russia has been under siege for weeks – and the port is completely under Moscow’s control.
Russian soldiers load rocket grenades into infantry fighting vehicles in Mariupol. Photo: Reuters
Russian television on April 13 broadcast clips of Ukraine’s surrender according to an announcement from Moscow. In the clip, unarmed men can be seen walking along the road with their arms raised, towards (Russian) soldiers holding guns.
These videos have not been independently verified.
Soon after, Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksandr Motuzyanyk spoke up, saying that he had no notice of this (surrender). Assistant Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Denysenko denied the statement from the Russian side.
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