The commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces claimed responsibility for a series of recent attacks on Russian military bases inside Crimea that took place in August, including a major blast at the Saki airbase that destroyed several Russian warplanes.
Gen. Valeriy Zaluzhnyi made the claim in an op-ed published in Ukrinform that was co-authored with Ukrainian lawmaker Mykhailo Zabrodskyi. The article said that the attacks were carried out with rockets and did not elaborate further.
The op-ed focused on Ukraine’s future war efforts as it prepares for 2023, and the two Ukrainian officials said Russia has distanced its citizens from the fighting, so they don’t “painfully perceive losses.” They pointed to the strikes in Crimea as an example of bringing the fight closer to Russians.
“We are talking about a series of successful rocket strikes against the enemy’s Crimean air bases, first of all, the Saki airfield,” the article reads. A footnote described the August 9 attack on Saki as a “combined strike” that took out 10 Russian warplanes.
For their part, Russia has claimed that the explosions at the Saki airbase were the result of an accident. But Moscow blamed an August 16 attack on a Russian ammunition depot in the northern Dzhankoi district of Crimea on “sabotage.”
Until now, Ukraine had not officially claimed responsibility for the incidents in Crimea, although some officials hinted at Kyiv’s involvement.
The US has voiced its approval for Ukrainian attacks on Crimea, which Russia has controlled since 2014. The Biden administration has said it doesn’t want Ukraine using US-provided weapons on Russian territory, but Crimea is an exception since Washington and Kyiv don’t recognize it as Russian.
5 thoughts on “Ukraine Claims Responsibility for Recent Crimea Attacks”
Time now for the Russians to take action and follow up on the threats they made in case Crimea was attacked. The Ukrainians have called their bluff.
Nope a lie it was smoking soldiers again and some massive bad luck.
Zaluzhniyi says a lot of things. Between him and Zelensky it feels a bit like watching a World Wrestling Entertainment event
Russia keeps warning against escalation of Western support for Ukraine. But thus far Russia has done nothing about it ( besides cutting off oil ). Are the Russians bluffing and have no response to NATO giving Ukraine better weapons? Or are they actually showing restraint?
It seems the US government is determined to call their bluff. Let’s hope the people in Washington know what they are doing.
The US has its head up its butt… Supporting such moves by Ukraine privately would be one thing but to make public pronouncements defies logic and even imagination… And who is going to check what kind of weapons (and from whom) they are using?… It seems to me, we are looking for problems we don’t need. I am sick and tired of dumbshit presidents who don’t seem sure which way the wind blows!
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