Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Directorate (GUR) conducted a raid on the Crimean peninsula towns of Olenivka and Mayak, where they engaged Russian troops, destroyed equipment, and planted the Ukrainian flag. This operation came a day after the GUR announced the destruction of a Russian S-400 air defense system in the vicinity.
- The raid was executed by special units of the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence Directorate, supported by the Navy, and took place on the strategically important Cape Tarkhankut, Crimea’s western-most point.
- Following the raid, a video was posted by GUR showing troops coming ashore, raising the Ukrainian flag, and engaging in combat. The Russian SHOT media reported hearing gunfire and spotting two rubber boats near the shore during the incident.
- The true objective of the raid, apart from its symbolic significance, remains unspecified. Speculations include targeting Russian air defense systems and radar equipment based in the region.
- Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, head of the GUR, commented that this is their first successful ground operation in Crimea in many years and hinted at more operations to come.
- This raid showcases Ukraine’s capability to launch operations in Crimea and serves as a sign to Russia that the region is becoming more vulnerable to Ukrainian attacks.