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Russia’s flagship war vessel in the Black Sea sunk yesterday, one day after a fire broke out following an explosion. Ukrainian officials claimed the explosion was caused by a cruise missile strike on the ship. Russia acknowledged the explosion but not an attack, saying the ship sank in stormy waters while being towed to a Crimean port. 

The Moskva was Russia’s premier warship in the Black Sea, leading the naval campaign against southern Ukraine. The 510-crew vessel had been in service since the Cold War, while also being used during conflicts in Georgia and Syria. Analysts say its loss will significantly reduce Russia’s firepower in the Black Sea.

Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday Russia would look to redirect its energy exports currently sent to Europe, where officials have already drafted plans to reduce their reliance on Russian resources. See a deep dive into the region’s interconnected energy networks here.

See updates on the almost two-month-long conflict here.