Russia has accused Ukraine’s Western allies, including the U.S. and the U.K., of aiding in a missile strike on the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters in Crimea. The incident, which occurred last week, highlights escalating tensions in the region. Russia alleges that the attack utilized Western intelligence and was coordinated with U.S. and British security agencies. While Ukraine claimed it had killed 34 officers in the attack, including fleet’s commander Adm. Viktor Sokolov, Russia later showed Sokolov to be alive.
- The missile strike targeted the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea, with Russia alleging Western involvement in planning and executing the attack.
- Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that the attack had utilized NATO satellite assets and was closely coordinated with American and British security agencies.
- Following the missile attack, Ukraine asserted that Adm. Viktor Sokolov, the fleet’s commander, was among those killed. However, subsequent videos from Russia showcased Sokolov alive and participating in official activities.
- The Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, has been a recurring conflict point. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Crimea has become an essential hub for Russian military operations and a target for Ukrainian counterattacks.
- Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, warned that U.S. military support to Ukraine, including the supply of Abrams tanks and long-range missiles, might push NATO and Russia closer to a direct confrontation.