Russian-installed Sevastopol authorities spread rumors regarding attack on Black Sea Fleet headquarters - ATESH movement
The pseudo-administration of Sevastopol is trying to influence public opinion by spreading rumours about the betrayal of Black Sea Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov
This was reported by the military movement of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars ATESH.
An employee of the occupied authorities of Sevastopol said that a meeting was held between the leaders and security forces on how to influence public opinion.
The so-called governor of the Russian-occupied Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said that Moscow had ordered him to spread rumours that Black Sea Fleet Commander-in-Chief Viktor Sokolov was colluding with the Ukrainian Defence Forces to destroy his headquarters.
"This was done, according to their version, to conceal the fact that Admiral Sokolov and his deputy had stolen food, because at that time they were being inspected. Therefore, there could be no losses as a result of the strike. The emphasis was also placed on concealing the real data on losses among the military," the article says.
According to the ATESH movement, such actions by Russian occupiers are proof that the Black Sea Fleet commander has been killed or seriously wounded. After the strike on the headquarters, at least 25 ambulances were taking away bags with corpses. Many Sevastopol residents saw this, so Russians will not be able to hide the truth.
At the same time, Sokolov's virtual appearance at a meeting with the aggressor country's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu raises doubts.
In addition, Sokolov has once again “appeared" in public. According to the Russian propaganda channel Pervyi Sevastopolskiy, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Black Sea Fleet is allegedly awarding the Chernomorets football team, which won a prize in the "championship of the Russian Armed Forces". Although the championship ended on 18 September.
In another video by the Russian propaganda TV channel Zvezda, a man who looks like an admiral speaks about the alleged successes in the Officers' House: "The Black Sea Fleet is confidently and successfully fulfilling the tasks set by the command. You know that the achievements of our marines are almost constantly on the national television."
- On 25 September, it was reported that 34 officers, including Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov, had been killed after the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol was hit.
- On 26 September, the Russian Ministry of Defence released a video of a meeting allegedly attended by Black Sea Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov, who had been dismissed by the Armed Forces on 25 September. Ukraine's Special Forces announced that they are clarifying the information about his death.