The attack on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters on Friday was aimed at targeting senior commanders in the Russian Navy.
The attack, which caused widespread destruction at the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea on Friday, was carefully planned. This was done by Ukrainian special forces Telegram account Saturday. They refer to the attack as “Operation Crab Stones.”
– The daring and precise action carried out by the special forces enabled them to strike the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet accurately and in a timely manner, as stated in the published statement.
They claim that there were dozens of dead and wounded in the attack. This includes, among other things, the top management of the Black Sea Fleet. The information has not been confirmed from other sources.
Ukrainian intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov claimed that at least nine people were killed. Among other things, there will be talk about generals.
The submarine was destroyed
On September 13, there was also a missile attack on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet. A Kilo-class submarine and an amphibious landing ship were destroyed.
Also on Saturday, explosions were reported in the Sevastopol region. According to the Russian-appointed governor of the region, Mikhail Razvozgzhiev, they struck an area in the north of the city.
Pictures posted on social media showed a large cloud of smoke in the sky. According to the German News Agency, this may have been due to a fire in a Russian ammunition depot.
– One missed
Russian sources reported for the first time that one person had been killed after the attack on Friday. But the Defense Ministry in Moscow has since come out and said one of the officials is missing.
The Ministry of Defense said in its statement that as a result of the attack, the historic building that houses the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet was damaged. They also claimed to have shot down five Ukrainian missiles. This claim has not been confirmed by other parties.
The film was published In social media, It shows a missile hitting the headquarters while the building is already on fire. This may indicate that he was struck at least twice.
At the same time that the headquarters was attacked, Internet service providers in Crimea were subjected to an “unprecedented” cyberattack, according to Oleg Kryuchkov. He is an advisor to a generous ruler appointed by Russia.
Russian generals injured?
Ukrainian intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said Colonel-General Alexander Romanchuk and Lieutenant-General Oleg Tsikov were among those injured in Friday’s attack.
According to sources, nine people were killed and 16 others were injured in the attack Voice of America.
Romanchuk is the commander of Russian forces in the Zaporizhya region. There are fierce battles going on. Ukrainian General Oleksandr Tarnavsky said Friday CNN That his forces broke through the Russian lines at Verbov. It is located specifically in Zaporizhia.
Voice of America wrote that Tsikov is the commander of the Russian 200th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. It is part of the Northern Fleet’s coastal defense. The department’s headquarters are located in Pitzinga. It is located 10 kilometers from the Norwegian border in the Murmansk region.
Information regarding Russian officers has not been confirmed from other sources. Voice of America also notes that Budanov did not mention the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Viktor Sokolov.
Intensification of attacks
Ukrainian missiles sank the Russian flagship Moscow in April 2022. Ukraine has recently carried out a number of attacks against Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
American Research Institute for the Study of War (ISW) Recently concluded With Ukrainian forces destroying an advanced S-400 air defense system in Crimea. They also damaged another system of the same type.
In mid-September, a landing ship and a Kilo-class attack submarine were destroyed. They were in dry dock in Sevastopol.
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Ukraine has not given up hope of regaining control of the peninsula.
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