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Ukrainian fighter describes what will make Russia's defeat inevitable

8 October, 2023 Sunday

Former Aidar battalion company commander Yevhen Dykyi believes that when the Ukrainian Armed Forces enter Crimea, Russia’s military defeat will be clear

He shared his opinions with Espreso TV.

"It's important to recognize that in war, distances are not always linear. There are situations where troops may advance only a kilometer in a month due to intense combat. However, subsequent breakthroughs into less fortified operational areas can lead to rapid advancements over tens of kilometers after prolonged periods of slow progress during combat operations," explained Dykyi.

The former company commander of the Aidar battalion also predicted what event would accelerate Russia's defeat in the war.

"The moment when Crimea becomes an island will not mean Russia's surrender in this war. However, it will be a complete turning point in this war. When the Armed Forces of Ukraine enter the territory of Crimea, Russia's military defeat will become obvious. It will also become quite obvious to the completely zombified Russian population. However, we will see what they will do in Russia. We just have to wait," he added.

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 SSU, 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.

Later, there was information suggesting that 34 officers, including Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov, were eliminated after the attack on the Black Sea Fleet's headquarters in Sevastopol. However, the Russian MoD released a video allegedly featuring Sokolov at a meeting. Ukraine's Special Operations Forces stated they were verifying the information about the fleet commander's fate.

Natalia Humeniuk, head of the Joint Coordination Press Center of the Southern Defense Forces of Ukraine, noted that Russian ships are getting increasingly “uncomfortable” in Sevastopol bays. Therefore, they are trying to redeploy the logistics of supplying ships from Crimea to Russia.

Against the backdrop of successful attacks by the Ukrainian military on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea, Russian troops began to strengthen the defense of the peninsula, including the deployment of air defense systems and the construction of new defenses.

On October 4, guerillas of the Atesh movement discovered a secret military depot of Russian troops near the temporarily occupied Simferopol.

The Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine stated that an amphibious operation had been carried out on the territory of Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia, during which an attack was made on enemy forces. After completing the mission, the special forces successfully retreated.

On October 5, the ISW reported that Russian troops had moved several Black Sea Fleet ships from the temporarily occupied Sevastopol to Novorossiysk (Krasnodar Krai of the Russian Federation), probably in an attempt to protect them from missile and drone attacks.

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