Pentagon: “There was an explosion” on Russian warship USS Moskva but US can’t assess at this point if missile hit it
CNN reported, “Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told CNN that ‘there was an explosion’ on the Russian cruiser HMS Moskva, but added the United States cannot assess at this point if the ship was hit by a missile.
‘We’re not quite exactly sure what happened here. We do assess that there was an explosion — at least one explosion on this cruiser — a fairly major one at that, that has caused extensive damage to the ship,’ Kirby said.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Thursday that the cruiser was badly damaged on Wednesday as a result of either ‘incompetence’ or a successful attack by the Ukrainians.
‘We’ve been in touch with the Ukrainians overnight who said they struck the ship with anti-ship missiles,’ Sullivan told an audience at the Economic Club of Washington, DC. ‘We don’t have the capacity at this point to independently verify that, but certainly the way that this unfolded is a big blow to Russia.’
‘This is their flagship, the ‘USS Moscow,’ and they’ve now been forced to admit that it’s been badly damaged,’ Sullivan continued. ‘And they’ve had to kind of choose between two stories. One story is that it was just incompetence, and the other is that they came under attack. And neither is a particularly good outcome for them.’
Sullivan said that when the president went to NATO a few weeks ago, he indicated to allies that the US was looking to facilitate the supply of coastal defense and anti-ship capabilities to the Ukrainians ‘and that is being actively worked.’”
I got this Headline and Photo from CNN and following are some comments on the reports so far:
We have been told by a lot of News Agencies that the Ukrainians claim to have destroyed the ship with a surface to ship missile, but can’t confirm it because the Russians claim it was and accidental explosion and that no Russian sailors have been injured.
First-off, how can reputable news agencies put any stock at all in Russian claims of anything at this point. The Russians have been telling absolutely nothing but lies since this war began. Use your heads you stupid refugee tripping reporters! The HMS Moskva is a forty year old ship that has not blown up before, then suddenly, after a month of war, it blows up. Of course it was a missile strike. Stop giving these Russian war criminals the benefit of the doubt. Amba Lavarov and all the other lying Russians are laughing at your qualifying statements.
Secondly, stop saying things like suspected war crimes and suspected genocide. If they are digging up civilian bodies with bound hands and bullets in their heads, it is war crimes, crimes against humanity and likely genocide enough to call it all that. It is now up to Russia to prove that they didn’t do it. They haven’t even declared war and they are killing women and children! Count Vlad ‘the Murdering Idiot’ Putin going on a late night Russian game show and saying they are conducting a military operation in Ukraine does NOT a declaration of war make! These constitute terrorist activities and should be treated as such!
Thirdly, Russia had been so criminal in their handling of this war that many news agencies are reporting it only from the Ukraine side of the borders because the news agencies are worried their reporters will soon be disappearing if they reported it from the Russian side. What does that say for news agencies that are qualifying their statements with terms like suspected or possible. The Russians are acting so inhumanely, you don’t even want your reporters in their country. Start calling a crime a crime and a massacre a massacre! What is the matter with you news people! You’re not covering a PTA meeting here! This is not Kansas!
We have now learned that it was a Ukraine missile (or two) and the RIP Moskva went under. Hopefully it took all the Russians aboard down with it! Support Ukraine!
Just now on CBC News I heard reported, “Stung by the loss of its most important naval asset, Russian missiles pounded Ukraine’s capital Friday morning, hitting an ammunition factory. Expect more attacks on Kiev said a Russian military spokesman as he accused Ukraine of terrorist acts.”
Now I’m pretty sure that if Russian missiles were pounding Kiev, they didn’t just hit an ammunition factory, yet that is the target CBC identified, almost as if they were a Russian news agency! The CBC is implying that Russian missiles are only hitting legal military targets while their own news footage shows bombed out apartment blocks and neighbourhoods. Don’t say anything at all if you can’t say it without putting a Pravda slant on it! This is exactly what I mean in my three points in bold above.
We Canadians must provide Ukraine with anti-aircraft systems, and anti-missile systems to protect Ukrainian skies, and we must provide Ukraine with tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons to help Ukraine defeat the Russian army. They seem to be doing okay in the surface to ship missile department, but we should still send them two more very good ones.
I’ve worked with Russians in Canada and they are good people. Perhaps that is why they left. Stand up against Putin, Russia! Show the world that you aren’t all Siberian Units! I just want you to Count, Vlad, on my assistance in taking you to the Hague for your crimes! At least there, you’ll get a rope!
I promised to add Hector H. Munro’s history book ‘The Rise of the ‘EVIL’ Russian Empire’ to my website, SeiberTeck.com, so that President Putin can conveniently brush up on his own Russian history.
The book, ‘The Rise of the ‘EVIL’ Russian Empire’ is now public domain, having been published circa 1900, so, I brushed the dust off it, updated just a few areas and formatted it for web publishing. The book covers the history of Scythia, Kievan Rus’ and then Russia from prehistory to 1618 AD. The book is a concise history so, please give it a perusal. It’s header can be found at the top of the SeiberTech.com website home page so, just click and go. I think you’ll find that Hector Munro did a fine bit of writing with this one, given it was written over a hundred years ago! And please feel free to let me know what you think of it.
“The VARANGIANS” Series:
‘The Varangians’ series of five books is about the Danish Varangian Princes of early Rus’ (Russia), based on The Nine Books of Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus and the Russian Primary Chronicle of Nestor. The Russian monk Nestor asserts that Rus’ was founded by three brothers, Rurik, Sineus and Truvor, but the Danish names in Book 5 of Saxo’s work are Erik, Sigfrodi (King Frodi) and Roller, three brothers from Denmark and Norway.
Book One of the five book Varangians Series places the Saga of King Frodi the Peaceful from Book Five of The First Nine Books of the Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus (c. 1200) into its proper chronological location in history. In 1984, when I first started the book, I had placed the main character, Erik’s (Hraerik’s) birth at circa 800 CE, but have since revised it to 810 to better fit with the timelines of the following books in the series. Saxo had originally placed the saga at the time of Christ’s birth and later experts have placed the story at about 400 CE to correspond with the arrival of the Huns on the European scene but when Attila was driven back to Asia, the Huns didn’t just disappear, they joined the Khazar Empire north of the Caspian Sea and helped the Khazars control the western end of the famous Silk Road trade route.
When King Frodi’s Danes started their ninth century ‘Southern Way’ incursions into the rivers of present day Russia, they ran into the Khazar Khaganate that was controlling Silk Road trade there and cooperation looked promising when he married King Hun’s daughter, Princess Hanund. But she cheated on him and he sent her back to Khazaria in disgrace and things got ugly, fast. Two Norwegian princes, Hraerik and Hraelauger Hraegunarson, sons of the famous Hraegunar Lothbrok, visited Frodi’s court in Liere with a dangerous plan to protect their own Nor’Way trade route to Khazaria, but that plan changed when Prince Hraerik fell in love with and married Princess Gunwar, King Frodi’s sister.
When news arrived in Liere that the Huns planned to attack Denmark, Prince Hraerik convinced King Frodi to assemble a Varangian Army of the North and lead a pre-emptive strike against the Khazar Empire. Following the capture of Kiev, the three brothers, Frodi, Hraerik and Hraelauger established the Hraes’ (Rus’) Trading Company and built an empire that exists in many forms to this very day, including Russia, Normandy, Great Britain and L’Anse Aux Meadows in America. The wealth of the Hraes’ Trading Empire they created powered the prolific Viking expansion in Medieval Europe that still fascinates us today.
Book One, “The Saga of Hraerik ‘Bragi’ Hraegunarson,” recreates Book Five of Saxo’s work to illuminate the origins of the name Rus’ and how it evolved from Hraes’ in ninth century Russia and how the name Varangians originally meant Va Rangers or Way Wanderers of the Nor’Way. The book examines the death of Princess Gunwar (Hervor) at the hands of the Hunnish Prince Hlod and how it drives Prince Hraerik ‘Bragi the Old’ Hraegunarson to write a famous poem of praise that both saves his head and rallies the northern kingdoms to fight the infamous Battle of the Goths and the Huns on the Don Plain of Gardariki (Gnita Heath of Tmutorokan).
Book Two, “The Saga of Helgi ‘Arrow Odd’ Hraerikson,” recreates Arrow Odd’s Saga of c. 1200 to illustrate how Arrow Odd was Prince Helgi (Oleg in Slavic) Hraerikson of Kiev, by showing that their identical deaths from the bite of a snake was more than just coincidence. The book investigates the true death of Hraegunar Lothbrok by poisoned blood-snakes and how his curse of ‘calling his young porkers to avenge the old boar’ sets up a death spiral between swine (Sveinald) and snakes (Gorm ‘the Old’) that lasts for generations. It then goes on to depict the famous Battle of the Berserks on Samso, where Arrow Odd and Hjalmar the Brave slay the twelve berserk grandsons of King Frodi on the Danish Island of Samso, setting up a death struggle that takes the Great Pagan Army of the Danes from the ravaged coast of Norway to England and on to Helluland in Saint Brendan’s Newfoundland.
Book Three, “The Saga of Ivar ‘the Boneless’ Hraerikson,” reveals how Ivar the Boneless Ragnarson was actually Prince Eyfur (Igor in Slavic) Hraerikson of Kiev and then King Harde Knute of Denmark. By comparing a twenty year lacuna in the reign of Prince Igor in the Russian Chronicles with a coinciding twenty year appearance of a King Harde Knute I (Hard Knot) of Denmark in European Chronicles, Prince Igor’s death by sprung trees, which reportedly tore his legs off, may have rather just left him a boneless and very angry young king. Loyal Danes claimed, “It was a hard knot indeed that sprung those trees,” but his conquered English subjects, not being quite as polite, called him, “Ivar the Boneless”.
Book Four, “The Saga of Svein ‘the Old’ Ivarson,” demonstrates how Prince Sviatoslav ‘the Brave’ of Kiev was really Prince Svein Eyfurson of Kiev, who later moved to Norway and fought to become King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark and England. But before being forced out of Russia, the Swine Prince sated his battle lust by crushing the Khazars and attacking the great great grandfather of Vlad the Impaler in a bloody campaign into the Heart of Darkness of Wallachia that seemed to herald the coming of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse with the 666 Salute of the Army of the Impalers. The campaign was so mortifying that the fifteen thousand pounds of gold that the Emperor of Constantinople paid him to attack the Army of the Impalers seemed not nearly enough, so Prince Svein attacked the Eastern Roman Empire itself. He came so close to defeating the greatest empire in the world, that later Danish Christian Kings would call his saga, and the sagas of his kin, “The Lying Sagas of Denmark” and would set out to destroy them, claiming that, “true Christians will never read this saga”.
Book Five, “The Saga of Valdamar ‘the Great’ Sveinson”, establishes how Grand Prince Vladimir ‘the Great’ of Kiev was also known as Prince Valdamar Sveinson of Gardar, who supported his father, Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’, in attacks upon England and later became King Canute ‘the Great’ of England and also King Knute ‘the Great’ of Denmark and Norway. Unlike his father, he came to the aid of a Roman Emperor, leading six thousand picked Varangian cataphracts against Anatolian rebels, and was rewarded with the hand of Princess Anna Porphyrogennetos, a true Roman Princess born of the purple who could trace her bloodline back to Julius and Augustus Caesar. She was called Czarina, and after her, all Rus’ Grand Princes were called Czars and their offspring were sought matrimonially by European royalty.
By recreating the lives of four generations of Russian Princes and exhibiting how each generation, in succession, later ascended to their inherited thrones in Denmark, the author proves the parallels of the dual rules of Russian Princes and Danish Kings to be cumulatively more than just coincidence. And the author proves that the Danish Kings Harde Knute I, Gorm ‘the Old’ and Harald ‘Bluetooth’ Gormson/Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’ were not Stranger Kings, but were Danes of the Old Jelling Skioldung Fridlief/Frodi line of kings who only began their princely careers in Rus’ and returned to their kingly duties in Denmark with a lot of Byzantine Roman ideas and heavy cavalry and cataphracts.