According to the aggressor’s Ministry of Defense, on April 14, the “Moskva” missile cruiser sank in the Black Sea. Prior to this, the aggressor recognized the explosion of the cruiser’s ammunition since the evening of April 13, a fire on board and attempts at a rescue operation.
The exact location of the cruiser’s sinking point is not reported by Russian structures, and satellite monitoring of the situation on April 13 and 14 was complicated by cloudiness over the Black Sea. At the same time, according to experts, the regular armament of the missile cruiser included, among other things, at least two nuclear warheads.
The aggressor does not say anything about the fate of these nuclear charges or about Russia’s future plans in this regard. The area of possible flooding of the cruiser is quite wide; it is located in the exclusive economic zone of Ukraine, at a depth of 45 to 1000 meters.
Thus, the sinking of the “Moskva” cruiser, a completely legitimate target of the Ukrainian army, due to the rash and adventurous militaristic policy of Russia, led not only to the contamination of the Black Sea with hundreds of tons of oil products and rocket fuel components, but also to the threat of a nuclear incident.
This issue, which affects the vital interests of all Black Sea countries, should immediately become the subject of consideration by the International Maritime Organization and the IAEA, within the framework of the procedures already established by the relevant resolutions C/ES.35 and GOV/2022/17.
Our Association urgently submitted the information to these organizations and to interested civilized states with proposals to monitor the situation within the framework of the mechanisms provided for by these resolutions.