Russian cruiser Moskva threats Ukrainian soldiers on Snake Island

According to information published by the Ukrainian MoD on February 24, 2022, the Russian Navy Slava-class cruiser Moskva attacked 13 Ukrainian border guards of the Snake Island (Zmiiniy Island).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Ukrainian Snake Island and Russian Slava-class cruiser Moskva (Picture source: Ukrainian MoD)

Moskva is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy. Slava was laid down in 1976 in Shipyard 445 of the 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant in Nikolayev, was launched in 1979, and commissioned on 30 January 1983.

The Project 1164 Atlant-class cruisers are designed for dealing with enemy surface combatants and providing combat stability of Russian task forces in remote corners of the ocean.

The development of the class began in the later 1970s. Four cruisers were built, of which three are in the Russian Navy’s inventory. The cruisers in the class displace a total of 11,500 tons and measure 186 m in length.

They have a full speed of 32 knots, a range of 7,500 nm at 18 knots, a 130-mm AK-130 gun, anti-ship, and air defense missile systems, 30-mm AK-630M antiaircraft guns, and torpedoes. They can carry a Kamov Ka-27 (Helix) helicopter or derivatives thereof.