Moskva wreckage declared as Ukrainian underwater cultural heritage

The ship is the star of the now-famous incident in which Ukrainian border guards told Russian naval forces, "Russian warship, f**k you...!" when told to surrender.

A Russian warship fires [File] (photo credit: REUTERS)
A Russian warship fires [File]
(photo credit: REUTERS)

The Moskva, flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet which now resides on the floor of the Black sea, was declared last week as an item of Ukrainian underwater cultural heritage.

The Atlant-class guided-missile cruiser was one of the two ships that seized Snake Island on February 25, in the now-famous incident in which Ukrainian border guards told Russian naval forces, "Russian warship, f**k you...!" when told to surrender.

Russian media has consistently insisted that a fire on the Moskva caused the ammunition aboard to explode. However, the Ukrainian military took responsibility, explaining that their forces at Odesa hit the Moskva with two Neptune anti-ship missiles. 

The Moscow Times reported one crew member dead and 27 missing after the flagship's demise. 

Per the BBC, after the Moskva found its end it became item number #2064 of Ukrainian cultural heritage under the category of rare scientific or technical equipment. 

A view shows Russian warships on sunset ahead of the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea July 27, 2019 (credit: REUTERS/ALEXEY PAVLISHAK)A view shows Russian warships on sunset ahead of the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea July 27, 2019 (credit: REUTERS/ALEXEY PAVLISHAK)

Ukrainians not only gained a military victory in sinking the Moskva, but also a huge boost in overall national morale. The event was celebrated with commemorative stamps which, the BBC reports, people waited in line for hours to get.