Russia’s Black Sea flagship sank Thursday after being engulfed in an inferno sparked by a missile strike, according to Ukraine, as the Kremlin complained that Kyiv was targeting its citizens in cross-border sorties.

The guided missile cruiser Moskva has led Russia’s naval effort against its neighbour in the seven-week conflict, which has resulted in accusations of genocide.

“While being towed… towards the destined port, the vessel lost its balance due to damage sustained in the hull as fire broke out after ammunition exploded,” the ministry said, according to the Russian state news agency TASS.

“Due to the choppy seas, the ship sank.”

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