Status: 21/09/2023, 17:56 p.m.
By: Nadja Zinsmeister
Ukraine is said to have carried out several attacks in Crimea. In each case, a military airfield and a command post were severely damaged.
Kyiv – Ukraine says it has carried out a military mission on the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula in its ongoing offensive against Russia. At a military airfield, several Russian soldiers were killed, equipment damaged and aircraft destroyed on Thursday night. Russia did not initially officially comment on the attack.
Ukraine reports heavy blow to Russia: military airfield hit in Crimea
Several Ukrainian media had reported on the attack, citing the Ukrainian secret service (SBU). Together with the Ukrainian army, they launched a "combined attack" on an airfield near the city of Saki, where at least a dozen warplanes and a Panzir missile defense system were located. Ukrainian drones initially weakened enemy anti-aircraft defenses. The resulting gaps were then used to attack the airfield with Neptune missiles.
It is not known what specific damage was caused by the attack on the Crimean peninsula. According to information from the Kyiev Post, at least twelve Su-24 and Su-30 fighter jets were at the airfield, as well as Pantsir anti-aircraft missiles and gun systems, as well as a training base for operators of the Iranian Mohajer-6 drone.
The Russian airfield Saki on the Crimean peninsula after a past attack. (Archive photo) © Maks Vetrov/IMAGO
"Russian Telegram channels confirm heavy destruction and casualties – they write of at least 30 dead soldiers," the newspaper quotes an internal SBU source as saying. According to Ukrainian sources, there is also a training center for drone pilots on the site, whose equipment was damaged by the attack. The information cannot yet be independently confirmed.
Ukrainian offensive: Secret command post hit in Crimea
In addition to the attack on a Russian military airfield, SBU sources report another missile attack on a secret command post of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which is also located on the Crimean peninsula. "The attack was carried out after the SBU verified the data that the commanders of the enemy fleet were indeed present in the military unit," the source told The Kyiv Post.
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Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Since the beginning of the Ukraine war, the Ukrainian army has repeatedly targeted the peninsula. The Ukrainian leadership has repeatedly stated that it wants to retake Crimea. "The occupiers cannot feel safe on the occupied peninsula," SBU circles said on Thursday. Meanwhile, during the night, several Ukrainian cities and regions became the target of massive Russian airstrikes. (NZ/AFP)