Ukraine’s special forces executed a nighttime raid on a Russian-controlled mining platform in the Black Sea, a strategic move aimed at disrupting Moscow’s drone operations in the area. The operation, dubbed “Citadel,” was announced by Ukraine on Tuesday, marking a significant effort to undermine Russian surveillance and control over the Black Sea. The raid involved Ukrainian troops boarding the platform, seizing equipment, and planting explosives, resulting in the destruction of the facility’s mast and antenna.
The mining platform, located near the Crimean peninsula—a region occupied by Russia since 2014—played a crucial role in enhancing Moscow’s drone capabilities and monitoring maritime activities in the Black Sea. The successful operation signifies Ukraine’s ongoing strategy to target Russian assets in the region, demonstrating Kyiv’s resilience and tactical ingenuity. This action is part of a broader campaign by Ukrainian forces to challenge Russian dominance in the Black Sea, showcasing Ukraine’s ability to conduct sophisticated operations despite its limited naval capabilities.