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Ukrainian military expert explains why Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters was targeted

23 September, 2023 Saturday
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Ivan Stupak, a military expert and officer of the Security Service of Ukraine in 2004-2015, noted that the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters kept documents classified as "secret"

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He said this on the air of the Espreso TV channel.

"This is a place where a large number of secret documents of the Russian Black Sea Fleet are stored. There were documents of particular importance and many different plans stored there – mobilization plans, plans for launching missile strikes on Ukraine. These documents are kept in separate rooms. Now the FSB has a headache about how to make sure that these documents don't get scattered. So that outsiders do not get access to these materials and then pass them on to Ukrainians," Stupak explained.

According to him, many communication lines were also located in the building of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters.

"This is a secret secure communication. Now the ability to contact Moscow to receive tasks is limited. We don't know if the backup command post has this capability. The Russians will have to use messengers or mobile phones. And this makes it easier for us and our Western partners to intercept information through these communication channels," Stupak said.

Ukrainian missile strike hit the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol: details

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.

The Russian propaganda agency TASS reported that the wreckage from the attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters was "scattered hundreds of meters away." A "large number" of ambulances were on their way to the scene. 

At the same time, the so-called governor of Sevastopol said that civilian infrastructure near the headquarters was allegedly not damaged. According to him, "not even broken windows were detected". A fire was extinguished at the scene. 

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that air defense allegedly shot down five missiles and reported one dead soldier.

At the same time, the press service of the Strategic Communications Directorate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine later confirmed the hit on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. 

Subsequently, the head of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, said that at least 9 people were killed and 16 wounded in the Ukrainian attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. Among them are Russian generals.

In his commentary, Budanov refused to say which missile hit the enemy facility. Instead, Sky 

News, citing sources in the Ukrainian Air Force, wrote that Storm Shadow missiles provided to Ukraine by the United Kingdom were used in the attack on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters.

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.


 
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