Ukrainian special forces, including the Bratstvo battalion, recently conducted daring raids into Russian-occupied Crimea, using jet skis to infiltrate the region under the cover of darkness. These operations aim not only to sabotage Russian military assets but also to boost the morale of Ukrainian citizens in Crimea, reinforcing their hope for the region’s return to Ukraine.
- A recent operation saw Ukrainian special forces infiltrate Crimea, Russia’s largest stronghold in occupied Ukraine. The exact date and specifics of the mission remain undisclosed.
- The mission’s objective extended beyond military sabotage; it was also to send a message to Ukrainians in the territory, reminding them of the hope for Crimea to return to Ukraine. Russia had annexed Crimea in 2014, a move of deep symbolic importance to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- The Bratstvo battalion successfully executed their mission, despite challenges from rough seas and patrolling Russian warships. No members of the battalion were captured or injured, although there were losses acknowledged by Ukrainian defense intelligence.
- Ukrainian forces have increased their assaults on Crimea in recent months, hitting significant targets like Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters. They’ve also targeted the bridge connecting Crimea to mainland Russia and other strategic assets.
- Local resistance groups, referred to as Partisans, have been organizing and collaborating with Ukraine’s intelligence services. They monitor Russian military movements and are essential for the success of the raids and strikes. They assert the broad support of local residents and believe their ranks are growing stronger.