Warship Sinks Days After Ukrainian Commemorative Stamp Is Issued

Warship Sinks Days After Ukrainian Commemorative Stamp Is Issued

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1 hr 25 min agoRussian warship sinks days after Ukrainian commemorative stamp is issuedFrom CNN’s Travis Caldwell

Ihor Smilianskyi CEO of the Ukrainian post holds the new postage stamp immortalizing the famous exchange on Snake Island between Russian and Ukrainian forces at the postal headquarters in Kyiv, Ukraine on April 14. (REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)The sinking of Russian guided-missile cruiser Moskva in the Black Sea comes days after Ukraine issued a stamp immortalizing the famous exchange on Snake Island between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

A Ukrainian presidential adviser confirmed on Thursday the Moskva was one of the vessels involved in the exchange in February.

The island was hit by Russian missile strikes after Ukrainian defenders responded to the threat of Russian invasion with the words: “Russian warship, go f*** yourself.”

The stamp: Ukrposhta, Ukraine’s postal service, announced on Tuesday it had issued a postage stamp with the slogan. It shows a Ukrainian solider standing defiant, facing down a Russian warship in open water.

Roman Hrybov — the Ukrainian soldier who uttered the phrase — was invited to the ceremony unveiling the stamp, the service said in a statement.

Some context: It was initially believed the Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a subsequent attack, but were instead forced to surrender “due to the lack of ammunition,” according to the Ukrainian navy. Hrybov was later released as part of a prisoner exchange.

The phrase has become a popular Ukrainian slogan during the invasion and used as a symbol of defiance.

“There would be neither postage stamp nor such strong resistance as exemplified by soldiers from Zmiinyi Island (Snake Island) without him,” the statement read.The warship: Conflicting accounts have emerged over the sinking of the warship, which was reported Thursday by Russian state news agency TASS.

Ukraine’s Operational Command South claimed Thursday that the Moskva had begun to sink after it was hit by Neptune anti-ship missiles.

Russia claimed a fire broke out, causing munitions aboard to explode, inflicting serious damage to the vessel and forcing its crew to be evacuated.

CNN has not been able to independently verify what caused the damage to the ship.

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1 hr 29 min agoRussian warship Moskva sinks in Black Sea, Russian Ministry of Defense reported via state mediaFrom Jorge Engels in London and Vasco Cotovio in Kyiv

The Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva is seen in Sevastopol, Crimea in this satellite image on April 7. (Maxar Technologies)The Russian warship Moskva has sunk, Russian state news agency TASS reported, citing a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

“During the towing of the cruiser Moskva to the port of destination, the ship lost its stability due to hull damage received during a fire from the detonation of ammunition. In the conditions of stormy seas, the ship sank,” the statement said according to TASS. Conflicting accounts have emerged about an incident involving the warship in the Black Sea on Wednesday.

Russia said a fire broke out on the guided-missile cruiser, causing munitions aboard to explode, inflicting serious damage to the vessel, and forcing the crew of the warship to be evacuated. Ukraine says it hit the Moskva with anti-ship missiles and later claimed that she had been sunk.

CNN has not been able to independently verify what caused the damage to the ship. 

This is a developing story.

1 hr 29 min agoThere is shelling in Kharkiv and “active hostilities” around Izium, Ukrainian official saysFrom CNN’s Nathan Hodge in Lviv

A man walks his dog past a building destroyed by recent Russian shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine on April 14. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)A number of residential areas of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, have come under shelling, said Oleh Syniehubov, the head of Ukraine’s Kharkiv region military administration, on Thursday.

“These are exclusively peaceful areas where there is no military infrastructure,” he said in remarks on national television. “And so the enemy is trying to destabilize our population, in fact inflicting such blows from which civilians alone are actually suffering.”

The heaviest point in the region, Syniehubov said, was in the dir

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