Ukraine claimed today that it killed “senior commanders” of the Russian Navy in yesterday’s missile attack on its headquarters in the annexed Crimea peninsula, while Russia indicated that it intercepted a new offensive on its fleet in the Black Sea.
“The details of the attack will be revealed as soon as possible and the result was that there were dozens of deaths and injuries among the occupiers, including senior fleet commanders,” Kiev’s army said in a statement, saying that the bombing took place. “during a meeting of Russian Navy leaders.”
The head of Kiev’s intelligence service, Kyrylo Budanov, said in statements to the American media Voice of America that “at least nine people” died in the attack, including generals.
According to the Russian version, an officer was missing after the attack, reported the AFP news agency.
The Crimean peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014, and the city of Sevastopol, where the Russian fleet is located, are central to Moscow’s operation in Ukraine, since they allow troops deployed in the south of the country to be supplied and are a base to launch missile bombardments from the sea.
Ukraine has multiplied drone and missile attacks in Crimea in recent weeks in an attempt to disrupt the Russian supply chain and end Russian military supremacy in the Black Sea.
In this context, Russian authorities today accused Ukraine of attacking the Russian fleet headquarters in the Black Sea for the second consecutive day.
A missile battery was intercepted near a dock, according to pro-Russian authorities on the Crimean peninsula, and they warned of the fall of some fragments of these missiles in the vicinity.
In addition, several explosions were recorded near Inkerman, where Russia has an oil depot for its fleet, the Europa Press news agency reported.
The situation is similar to yesterday, although the true extent of these attacks is unknown.