Sevastopol attack: Russian Black Sea Fleet commander and 33 officers eliminated
Explosions have occurred in the Russian-occupied city of Sevastopol, Crimea, targeting the remnants of the Russian Black Sea Fleet building. In the strike, 34 officers were eliminated, including Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov
Ukraine’s Special Operations Forces confirmed that 34 officers were eliminated after the attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters, including Commander Viktor Sokolov.
Another 105 Russian invading soldiers were wounded. The headquarters building is beyond repair.
Also, as a result of the attack on the large landing ship Minsk in Sevastopol, Russia lost 62 people.
"Taking into account the fact that the Minsk large amphibious assault ship was to go on combat duty the next day, the personnel were there," the military explain, adding that it was then that it was decided to strike.
Earlier, Krym.Realii and the Russian-appointed "governor" of occupied Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhayev reported the explosions, according to Ukrainska Pravda.
Razvozhayev said that the sound heard in the city was the result of "the planned dismantling of some of the unsafe structures at the Black Sea Fleet headquarters".
He also announced new explosions in Sevastopol, "another controlled explosion to collapse unsafe structures" in the building of the Russian Black Sea Fleet will be carried out at 11:25 am. According to him, the work will last until approximately 2:00 pm.
The latest on the Ukrainian Armed Forces' strikes on the Russian Black Sea Fleet
In September, attempts to destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet gained momentum. On September 3, the Ukrainian military eliminated the Russian invaders' boat Tuna in the Black Sea during an attempt to land an enemy landing party, killing six Russian occupiers.
Another successful hunt by Ukrainian soldiers for Russians at sea was a strike on the Sevastopol shipyard in the temporarily occupied Crimea on September 13. Satellite imagery showed that cruise missiles, presumably Storm Shadow, hit the large landing ship Minsk and, more importantly, hit the Varshavianka project diesel submarine Rostov-on-Don. It should be noted that an air attack on an enemy submarine is a rare operation in the history of warfare. The SBU Special Forces shared the details of the operation and the destruction of two Russian vessels.
On September 14, in Yevpatoria, the SBU, together with the Navy, conducted a special operation and attacked the Russian air defense system Triumph.
On the evening of Sunday, September 17, explosions were heard in the temporarily occupied Sevastopol and on Cape Fiolent. The occupying authorities reported the operation of Russian air defense.
On September 20, the Armed Forces of Ukraine successfully attacked the command post of the Russian Black Sea Fleet near the temporarily occupied Sevastopol.
On Friday, September 22, powerful explosions were heard in the temporarily occupied Crimea: the Ukrainian Armed Forces confirmed the defeat of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol.
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, suggested two options for the future of the Russian Black Sea Fleet: liquidation will be either voluntary or forced.