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Russia’s defence ministry says the missile cruiser sank as it was towed back to port following an explosion and fire.

  • Russia says its Black Sea warship Moskva has sunk after an explosion and fire, state media reported, after the crew was evacuated.
  • Ukraine earlier claimed it struck the warship with two missiles.
  • US President Joe Biden says a decision will be made soon on whether to send a senior official to Kyiv in a show of support for Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s foreign minister calls on Germany to make a quick decision on weapons delivery to Kyiv.
INTERACTIVE Russia Ukraine War Who controls what Day 50
(Al Jazeera)

Here are all the latest updates:

37 mins ago (20:26 GMT)

Russia says flagship missile cruise ship has sunk after fire

Russia’s defence ministry has said the missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the country’s Black Sea fleet, sank as it was towed back to port in stormy weather following an explosion and fire, Russian news agencies reported.

The defence ministry had said earlier that the Soviet-era ship had been badly damaged by the fire, which Ukraine said was a result of its missile strike.

Russia earlier said the fire aboard the ship, which would typically have 500 sailors on board, forced the entire crew to evacuate.

58 mins ago (20:04 GMT)

Russian legislator and two aides criminally charged in US

A Russian legislator and two aides have been charged with conspiring to violate American sanctions, according to an unsealed indictment that accuses them of pushing a covert Russian propaganda campaign in the US to win support for moves against Ukraine and other countries.

Three conspiracy charges were brought in the indictment in Manhattan federal court against the legislator, Aleksandr Babakov, 59, and two of his staff members — Aleksandr Nikolayevich Vorobev, 52, and Mikhail Alekseyevich Plisyuk, 58.

All three men are based in Russia and remain at large, authorities said. Babakov currently serves as deputy chairman of the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian legislature, federal authorities said in a statement.

Women waiting at bus station
Women waiting at a bus station in Kramatorsk, Ukraine [Petros Giannakouris/AP]

1 hour ago (20:00 GMT)

NATO expansion promotes European stability: US official

When asked how Washington views the potential addition of Sweden and Finland to NATO, the US State Department said there was no change in Washington’s position and repeated that “NATO’s open door is an open door”.

“Without speaking to any countries in particular, we would not be concerned that the expansion of a defensive alliance would do anything other than promote stability on the European continent,” spokesperson Ned Price said during a briefing.

Russia had earlier warned the two countries against joining the US-led alliance.

1 hour ago (19:55 GMT)

503 civilians killed in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, governor says

At least 503 civilians have been killed in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, the local governor has said.

Oleg Synegubov wrote on Telegram that the dead included 24 children.

Welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine.

Read all the updates from Thursday, April 14 here.

Source: Al Jazeera

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