Russian Navy no longer has total influence on Black Sea region, Zelenskyy says
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that the Ukrainian Defence Forces are making progress and have managed to partially destroy the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.
He said this in an interview with Fox News.
Zelenskyy stressed that the situation at the front is not a stalemate, and the Ukrainian army is gradually making progress. The Armed Forces are showing success in the Black Sea and in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
"In Crimea, we had success in the Black Sea. We really destroyed … part of the Russian fleet … They don’t have such total influence on the Black Sea region," the President said.
Earlier, during a speech at the Second Parliamentary Summit of the Crimean Platform, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the Russian Black Sea Fleet was gradually leaving the temporarily occupied Crimea.
- On 4 October, the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine announced that they had carried out an airborne operation in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, during which the scouts struck at enemy forces. After successfully completing the mission, the special forces retreated.
- On 13 November, the Atesh movement reported that the Russians were forced to move ships from Crimea to Novorossiysk due to the Ukrainian Armed Forces' attacks.
- During a briefing in Brussels on 14 November, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also mentioned the successful attacks by the Ukrainian Defence Forces on Russian naval facilities in the temporarily occupied Crimea. As a result, Russia is forced to redeploy its ships, in particular, it announced its intention to move them to occupied Abkhazia in Georgia.