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Russia bombs Kyiv rocket factory after warship sinks

Russia pounded a Ukrainian rocket factory after losing an iconic warship in the Black Sea, as the Pentagon on Friday backed Kyiv’s claim to have sunk the Moskva with cruise

Russia pounded a Ukrainian rocket factory after losing an iconic warship in the Black Sea, as the Pentagon on Friday backed Kyiv’s claim to have sunk the Moskva with cruise missiles.

The Vizar plant, near the capital’s international airport, was seriously damaged in the overnight strikes.

It is to be mentioned here that Russia’s guided-missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, has sunk in the Black Sea after being damaged during the military operation in Ukraine.

The ministry said the vessel sank while being towed to port in a storm after it was heavily damaged by fire. Ukrainian officials said their forces hit the vessel with missiles earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, the loss of the warship named after the Russian capital was seen as a symbolic defeat for Moscow, which had already been forced to pull its forces back from northern Ukraine earlier this month.

The Moskva had been leading Russia’s naval effort in the seven-week conflict, and the fate of its crew of more than 500 was uncertain.

The Russian fleet in the Black Sea has been blockading the besieged port city of Mariupol, where Russian officials say they are in full control although Ukrainian fighters are still holed up in the city’s fortress-like steelworks.

Meanwhile, in his nightly address, Zelensky made another plea for allies to send more firepower to boost the defence efforts.

“You can make the war much shorter,” he said. “The more and the sooner we get all the weapons we have requested, the stronger our position will be and the sooner peace will come.”

First Published: 16th April, 2022 12:32 IST

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