One dead, 27 missing as Russian Navy battles for survival

One dead, 27 missing as Russian Navy battles for survival

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows cruiser Moskva in the port of Sevastopol in Crimea on April 7, 2022. The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday that one soldier died and 27 other crew members went missing when they were fighting for the survival of the Russian missile cruiser Moskva that sank in the Black Sea last week.

The remaining 396 crew members of the Moskva, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, were evacuated to other ships in the area and delivered to Sevastopol, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry has provided all the necessary support and assistance to the families and friends of the deceased and missing, it added.

According to the survey, the vast majority of Moskva crew members want to serve in the Black Sea Fleet.

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The Moskva was seriously damaged by the detonation of ammunition onboard as a result of a fire on April 13 and a day later it sank in the stormy seas when it was being towed to a port, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The Ukrainian side said its border guards used Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles to deliver very serious damage to the Moskva.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be in Moscow on April 25 and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during the visit, a UN spokesman said Friday.

The secretary-general will have a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for Guterres, who said that the secretary-general will be received by Putin.

The UN chief sent separate letters Tuesday afternoon to the permanent missions of Russia and Ukraine to the UN, asking Putin to send him to Moscow and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to receive him in Kiev, Dujarric said on Wednesday.

The Chernobyl nuclear plant, as seen in 2021, has suffered a power cut. The EFREM LUKATSKY AP The International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday its expert mission would travel to Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 26 to ensure the safety of the facility.

According to the agency's statement, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will lead the mission to deliver vital equipment and conduct radiological and other assessments at the Chernobyl plant.

Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the IAEA experts will be working on remote safeguards monitoring systems at the plant, which have not been able to transmit data to the agency's headquarters in Vienna.

Grossi said that the agency will send more missions to Chernobyl and other nuclear facilities in Ukraine in the coming weeks due to the presence of the IAEA in Chernobyl.

Russian forces had been in control of the Chernobyl plant for five weeks before withdrawing on March 31, according to the IAEA statement.

The Chernobyl plant, located about 110 km north of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, suffered one of the worst nuclear accidents in human history on April 26, 1986.