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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fleet Warship Scuttled

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine () -- The disputed Black Sea Fleet lowered the flag on its biggest warship Saturday and sent it to the scrap yard, a reminder of the cash-starved fleet's post-Soviet woes.


The anti-submarine cruiser "Moscow'' was the Soviet Union's most advanced warship when it was built in 1967. It played a key role in fleet operations in the Mediterranean.


But the Moscow hasn't been at sea since 1992, the year after the Soviet collapse, and needs extensive repairs. The fleet couldn't come up with the money.


The fleet itself has been in financial -- and political -- limbo since both Russia and Ukraine laid claim to it after the Soviet breakup. Dozens of the fleet's 840 vessels have been sold for scrap.