Phillips O'Brien

Why the sinking of the Moskva matters

The Moskva. Image: Russian Ministry of Defence

The sinking of the Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva is both a reminder of the past and a marker for the future. It harkens back to a lesson learned forty years ago. It was in 1982, in the waters around the Falkland Islands, that the ability of anti-ship missiles to destroy modern warships was brought home to much of the world.

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