The main battleship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the Moskva, before sinking. A retired US general mocked Russia’s Black Sea Fleet by calling it trash. Photo/Twitter/Timonthy Castantine
This joke comes at a time when Russia’s war in Ukraine is slowing down, and even Moscow’s troops have recently been repelled by Kiev’s forces around Kharkiv.
Speaking in a video released Monday as part of the Renew Democracy Initiative series with New Debate, former US Army commander for Europe General (Ret.) Ben Hodges said that prior to February 24, when the war began, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was essentially in control of the whole of Europe. Black Sea.
“But over the past six months, we have witnessed the realization that the Russian Navy is no better than the Russian Army,” Hodges said. NewsweekTuesday (20/9/2022).
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When the war began, many expected the Russian army to achieve victory quickly.
But as the war dragged on for days, weeks and then months, while Ukrainian forces fought back fiercely, Russia’s image as a preeminent military power began to crumble.
According to Hodges, the change in perception also applies to the Russian Navy.
He cited the sinking of the main battleship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, Moskva, which is worth about $750 million as an example of the collapse of Moscow’s military might.
Ukraine claimed at the time that its missiles hit the warship Moskva and caused it to sink. However, Russia said the incident was the result of a fire on board.