Kyiv, September 25
Ukraine’s special forces said on Monday that Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, had been killed in a Ukrainian attack last week on the fleet headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.
The Russian Defence Ministry did not immediately respond when asked to confirm or deny that Sokolov had been killed in the attack on Crimea, which Russia seized and annexed in 2014. The Ukrainian military said Friday’s attack had targeted a meeting of the Russian navy’s leadership in the city of Sevastopol.
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“After the strike on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 34 officers died, including the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Another 105 occupiers were wounded. The headquarters building cannot be restored,” the special forces said on the Telegram messaging app.
It was not immediately clear how Ukraine’s Special Forces counted the dead and wounded in the attack. Russian-installed officials confirmed the Ukrainian attack on Friday, saying that at least one missile struck the fleet headquarters. Kyiv has stepped up attacks in the Black Sea and Crimea as Ukrainian forces press on with a nearly four-month-old counteroffensive to take back Russian-occupied territory.
Meanwhile, Russian air strikes killed four people and caused significant damage to infrastructure at the Black Sea port of Odesa and to grain storage facilities, Ukrainian officials said.
Ukraine’s military said 19 Iranian-made Shahed drones and 11 cruise missiles were shot down overnight, most of them directed at Odesa region.
‘34 officers killed’
According to Ukraine’s special forces, it struck Russia Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol that killed 34 officers and 105 others. — Reuters
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