Ukraine’s Special Forces have claimed responsibility for a missile strike that reportedly killed Admiral Viktor Sokolov, Moscow’s top admiral in Crimea, and 33 other high-ranking officers. The attack targeted the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. While the Russian Defence Ministry neither confirmed nor denied Sokolov’s death, a video was released showing the admiral in a meeting, though the date of this footage remains uncertain. The aftermath of the attack has seen heightened tensions and increased security measures in Sevastopol.
- Ukraine’s Special Forces claim a missile strike on Sevastopol resulted in the death of Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the highest-ranking admiral in Crimea, and 33 other officers.
- The Russian Defence Ministry has been reserved about the claim, releasing a video with Admiral Sokolov present, but the timing of this video is undetermined.
- Sevastopol, which holds significant strategic importance, is now increasing its security in response to the growing tensions after the attack.
- Independent verification of the Ukrainian claims is challenging due to the ongoing conflict’s “fog of war,” with both sides possibly exaggerating enemy losses.
- Ukraine’s tactical changes, such as missile deployment and drone use, indicate their intent to cripple the Russian Black Sea Fleet and end the prolonged conflict.