A Ukrainian missile struck the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, providing a significant morale boost for Ukrainian troops, according to Oleksandr Tarnavsky, the Ukrainian general leading the counteroffensive in the region. This is part of a broader strategy to make Crimea “untenable” for Russia and comes alongside other successful offensives, including penetrating Russia’s main defensive line. However, experts warn that Ukraine still has a challenging path ahead.
- A missile strike on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Crimea has significantly boosted the morale of Ukrainian armed forces.
- Ukrainian spy chief Kyrylo Budanov reported that two top Russian leaders were severely wounded in the attack, adding to the notion that Ukraine may be planning to retake the occupied peninsula of Crimea.
- This week, one of the Black Sea Fleet’s naval infantry brigades was rendered “combat-ineffective” for the second time since the conflict began, as reported by the U.S. think tank Institute for the Study of War.
- Ukrainian troops have also recently breached Russia’s main southern line of defense, marking another milestone in a weeks-long effort.
- Despite these successes, analysts and even General Tarnavsky caution that the Ukrainian troops still face a challenging fight in their counteroffensive against Russian forces.