October 3, 2022
Ukraine admits attack on Russian military bases in Crimea

Ukraine admits attack on Russian military bases in Crimea

Last month, there were big explosions at the Saki airbase in Crimea. (file)

Kyiv:

The Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valery Zaluzny, admitted on Wednesday for the first time that Ukraine had launched missile attacks on Russian military bases in Crimea.

Ukraine has “successfully conducted missile strikes on enemy military targets, including the Saki airfield”, Zaluzny wrote in an article published by the state-run Ukraineform news agency.

Last month’s massive explosion at Saki airport in Crimea, which killed at least one person and destroyed military aviation hardware, has been explained by Moscow as an accident.

But analysts have said satellite imagery pointed to a possible attack by Ukrainian forces, with no public acknowledgment given by Kyiv authorities at the time.

Ukraine’s military sarcastically commented on Russia’s “technical difficulties”, saying they may be caused by smokers in unauthorized areas.

Zaluzny described the efforts of the Ukrainian armed forces in recent weeks to “physically shift the fighting” to the territory of Crimea as “successful”.

Russia uses the peninsula as a major base to attack Ukraine after Moscow launched an invasion in February, but Crimea has rarely been targeted.

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