Construction of the Slava class Admiral Lobov cruiser was launched in 1984 at the Nikolayev shipyard in Ukraine but stalled during its final stage in the late 1980s due to a sharp reduction in military expenditure. The cruiser was renamed the Ukraina in 1992.
“We have agreed that Russia will complete construction of the Ukraina cruiser,” Viktor Yanukovych said at a joint news conference after talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Kiev.
Yanukovych said the cruiser was 95% complete but could not be finished without Russia’s help.
According to the latest data, around $30 million is needed to complete the cruiser’s construction.
Slava class cruisers were designed as surface strike ships with some anti-aircraft and ASW capability. They carry 16 SS-N-12 Sandbox nuclear-capable supersonic anti-ship missiles, with launchers mounted in four pairs on either side of the superstructure.
Russia has three Slava class cruisers in service with its Navy.