Status: 25/09/2023, 20:41 p.m.
By: Jens Kiffmeier
Lamenting losses in Crimea due to Ukraine offensive: Russian President Vladimir Putin. © Mikhail Metzel/Uncredited/dpa/Montage
Submarines and top generals: Russia's losses in Ukraine's Crimean offensive are high. Apparently, partisans had previously bribed Putin's officers.
Kyiv – A crushing blow to Russia's army: Ukraine has repeatedly launched successful offensives in Crimea with missile attacks in recent days. The fact that the attackers were able to steer their missiles precisely into the targets was apparently no coincidence. Ukraine is said to have had insider information about the exact locations of the ships and military installations of the Russian armed forces – thanks to successful bribery of high-ranking officers of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was reported by the Kyiv Post on Monday (25 September). The procedure is probably not unusual.
Ukraine's successful Crimean offensive: Partisans allegedly bribed Putin's officers
According to the media report, the partisan movement of the Crimean Tatars is said to have done a great job in the run-up to the Ukraine offensive. Thus, the spokesman for the Ukrainians and Tatars in Crimea (ATESH) said that in exchange for financial rewards, they received important information about the whereabouts and activities of high-ranking Russian commanders from financially weak officers.
Exactly how much money flowed was not disclosed. However, it was sufficient to "cover the risks for the members of the army and their families," said the partisan spokesman. Through bribery, he added, one now has good access to activities of the command of the Black Sea Fleet.
ATESH – what is behind the partisan movement?
The Crimean Tatars are considered the indigenous people of the Black Sea island. Even today, they make up around 13 percent of the population. But for centuries they have repeatedly suffered from Russian expulsion. At the moment, they are said to be feeling the consequences of the occupation by Putin's invaders. Out of their ranks, the ATESH partisan group has formed underground. It is said to have only been active since September of last year. According to estimates, however, the guerrilla movement has already grown to up to 1000,<> fighters.
Losses for Russia's army: Ukraine attacks Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol in Crimea
The attacks had recently caused a stir in the Ukraine war and inflicted heavy losses on Russia. For several days in a row, Ukraine had severely damaged Russia's army around Crimea with special operations. After recapturing the Boyko derricks in a spectacular operation in the Black Sea, knocking out the radars of Putin's troops, the defenders then launched targeted missile strikes on the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.
As a result of the attacks, one landing ship and two submarines were destroyed. In total, nine people were killed and many others were injured. Also among the victims were Aleksandr Romanchuk, the commander of the Russian Armed Forces on the Zaporizhzhia Front, and Lieutenant General Oleg Tsekov, the commander of the 200th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade of the Coastal Forces of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy.
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Current front: Counteroffensive in Crimea to enable breakthroughs elsewhere
The Ukrainian armed forces hope to be able to take the pressure off the other sectors of the front by eliminating important military capabilities in Crimea. Thus, Russia is to be forced to transfer its forces to Crimea, so that the course of the front in the south and east of Ukraine can be decisively changed with breakthroughs.
A lot of information cannot be independently verified. But the targeted Crimean offensive had caused astonishment among military observers. There was speculation as to whether the exact Russian positions might have been revealed by the holiday photos of Russian holidaymakers in Crimea. But apparently there was more of a deliberate bribery behind it.
Russia's army: Putin's soldiers are susceptible to bribery
That Putin's army could be receptive to special grants is not really surprising. For months, there have been reports of poor supplies and inadequate pay. Thus, the turmoil of the Ukraine war has led to the development of an opaque thicket of earning potential. Putin's armed forces had long compensated for the high losses by relying on the services of mercenaries such as the Wagner Group. But the more supplies of soldiers were needed, the more volunteers were lured with additional earnings. In the end, the mercenaries earned many times as much as regular soldiers – which is said to have led to high resentment in Putin's motley troops.
Russian deserters: Helicopter pilot calls for desertion – he also got money
Ukraine is now increasingly exploiting this fact. Even before the ATESH bribe in Crimea, Ukraine was wooing Russian soldiers with bait offers. For example, with the help of an intelligence operation, a helicopter pilot was recently persuaded to desert. According to the information, he also received a lavish financial contribution. In an interview, he called on his old comrades to desert. This was accompanied by the Ukrainian government's promise that it would not be to the detriment of Russian soldiers. The hotline, to which Putin's army members can report if they want to flee from service at the weapon, is said to have enjoyed a lot of popularity since then. (jkf)