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Commander of the Black Sea Fleet not dead after all? Kremlin shows new photos – Ukraine reacts

2023-09-27T05:13:58.033Z

Highlights: Commander of the Black Sea Fleet not dead after all? Kremlin shows new photos – Ukraine reacts. Several violent detonations seem to have occurred in the Ukrainian metropolis of Kherson. At least seven people were injured by Russian air and drone strikes on Tuesday, according to local authorities. Ukraine wants to take stronger action against the Russian arms industry, President Volodymyr Zelensky said. The information processed here comes from international media and news agencies, but also from the warring parties Russia, Ukraine and their allies.



Status: 27/09/2023, 07:04 a.m.

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The alleged death of one of the commanders of Russia's Black Sea Fleet is a mystery. There were explosions in the Crimea. News ticker on the Ukraine war.

  • Rumors about Russian admiral: Ukrainian Defense Minister remains silent
  • Commander of the Black Sea Fleet not dead after all? Mystery about Vladimir Putin's admiral
  • The information processed here comes from international media and news agencies, but also from the warring parties Russia, Ukraine and their allies. In particular, the information on losses of the armies involved in the Ukraine war cannot be independently verified.

Update from September 27, 7:03 a.m.: This news ticker on the Ukraine war has ended. The further developments here.

Update from September 26, 22:00 p.m.: According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine wants to take stronger action against the Russian arms industry. During a consultation with his military leadership, there was a report on the situation in Russia's military-industrial complex. Zelensky said this in his video address on Tuesday evening. "We can clearly see in which areas it is necessary to increase pressure on Russia in order to prevent terrorist capabilities from growing," the president said. Foreign sanctions against the Russian arms industry are not enough. "There will be more of its own, Ukrainian measures against the terrorist state," Zelensky said. He did not give details.

According to Zelensky, the closest circle of the Kiev leadership was also engaged in the supply of artillery ammunition. "This is an issue we deal with on a daily basis," he said. The deliveries of the previous partner countries are important. At the same time, Ukraine is looking for new sources. "And we are gradually increasing the volume of our Ukrainian production."

Update from September 26, 20:10 p.m.: Several violent detonations seem to have occurred in the Ukrainian metropolis of Kherson. "There are powerful explosions in Kherson! Stay in safe places!" said Roman Mrochko, the head of the region's military administration, on Telegram. Earlier, a nationwide airstrike warning was issued at 18 p.m. after a Russian MiG fighter jet took off.

Alleged death of General Umerov: Ukrainian Defense Minister does not want to confirm anything

Update from September 26, 18:10 p.m.: Should the admiral of the Russian Black Sea Fleet be dead, "this is good news for everyone," Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov told CNN on Tuesday. But it remains unclear whether Viktor Sokolov was actually killed in the Ukrainian attack on the Black Sea Fleet's headquarters in Crimea last week. In any case, Umerov did not want to confirm or deny the alleged death.

Update from September 26, 16:10 p.m.: The Ukrainian military wants to verify their own report on the alleged death of the head of the Russian Black Sea Fleet after the emergence of new images. This was announced by the Special Operations Unit of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on Facebook. On Monday, the Ukrainian military announced that it had also killed fleet chief Viktor Sokolov in the attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. But on Tuesday, Moscow presented images that are supposed to show Sokolov at a meeting chaired by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Kiev insists that 34 Russian officers were killed in the cruise missile attack. Many of them have not yet been identified, but the sources of the military leadership initially confirmed that Sokolov was among the victims. Because of the images published by Moscow "with an apparently living Sokolov, our units will check the information again," it said.

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Admiral Viktor Sokolov, commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet: is he alive or not? © Sergei Malgavko/Imago

Russia attacks Kherson: Several injured after airstrikes

Update from September 26, 15:00 p.m.: In the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson, at least seven people were injured by Russian air and drone strikes on Tuesday, according to local authorities. Some of the injuries were severe: for example, doctors were still fighting for the life of a wounded 83-year-old woman at noon, as the military governor of Kherson, Olexander Prokudin, wrote on Telegram.

According to him, over the past few days, the activity of the Russian Air Force over the region has increased significantly. Previously, Russian shelling also briefly interrupted the rail connection between Kherson and the city of Mykolaiv in the neighboring region of the same name.

Commander of the Black Sea Fleet not dead after all? Kremlin shows new photos

Update from September 26, 13:33 p.m.: On Monday (25 September), Ukraine announced the alleged killing of the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Now, however, the Russian Defense Ministry has disseminated images of Admiral Viktor Sokolov to show him at a video conference on Tuesday (26 September).

The footage shows Sokolov in military uniform taking part in a video conference led by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. However, he can only be seen as an allegedly online participant on a screen mounted diagonally behind Shoigu. It is striking that Sokolov seems completely rigid in the short sequence. The fact that the pictures were really taken on Tuesday could not be independently verified at first.

Ukraine said on Monday that Sokolov was killed on Friday along with 33 other Russian officers in a missile attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula. Moscow had so far remained silent on the matter.

Putin without control? Russia's Black Sea Fleet acts 'like headless chicken' after Ukraine attack

Update from September 26, 13:04 p.m.: The commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet is said to be dead. Nevertheless, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin's navy continues to operate – albeit more "like a headless chicken," according to the Ukrainian side.

Ukraine yesterday reported the killing of the commander in an attack on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol. This has not yet been officially confirmed. A spokesman for the Ukrainian Navy spoke on state television on the same day, according to CNN. The Russian Navy had lost a person "who actually manages all this," the US channel quoted him as saying.

According to the report, the spokesman said that Putin had "no control" over the "actual operation of ships" and relied entirely on his admirals.

Ukrainian intelligence reports killing of eight Russian officers

Update from September 26, 12:11 p.m.: Eight Russian officers have now been killed in a Ukrainian attack on a checkpoint of the Russian occupiers in Kherson. This is reported by the Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform, citing information from the Ukrainian secret service SBU. In the attack with the help of a Himars rocket launcher, another seven Russian officers were injured. Initially, this information could not be independently verified.

Rocket strike in Poland in November – new state of investigation

Update from September 26, 11:21 a.m.: The incident caused a stir internationally last November: A rocket hits Poland and kills two people. NATO was alarmed, Ukraine blamed Russia, and Moscow denied it. Now there should be new findings on the incident.

As the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita claims to have learned, experts rule out that the projectile was fired by Russia. They believe that it was an off-course Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile. The newspaper cites experts who help with the prosecutor's investigation.

Ukraine brings grain ships to safety on Romania's Danube bank

Update from September 26, 10:38 a.m.: Ukraine is bringing grain ships to safety on Romania's banks of the Danube. The reason is the fear of Russian air strikes. For weeks, grain transporters have repeatedly brought their ships at night to the Romanian bank of the Danube arm Chilia, which forms the border with Ukraine.

Diplomats from the EU and the United States negotiated this protection option with Romanian and Ukrainian authorities in August, the director of the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta told the dpa news agency. It was only during the night that the important Danube port of Izmaili was again under fire.

British see Putin's Black Sea Fleet weakened – but still "operational"

Update from September 26, 10:02 a.m.: Vladimir Putin's Black Sea Fleet is still operational – despite recent setbacks. "The fleet will almost certainly remain able to carry out its core tasks in war – cruise missile strikes and local security patrols," the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

However, the British believe it is possible that the fleet now has less capacity. For example, to continue more extensive patrols and maintain the blockade of Ukrainian ports, defend its own facilities in the port and carry out routine maintenance. "These attacks have caused more damage and were more coordinated than so far in the war," they wrote in the short message service X.

According to Ukrainian data, the commander was also killed in the attack on the fleet headquarters in Sevastopol. The British did not provide any information on this in their post at X. From the Russian side, there is no confirmation of the death of the Russian admiral.

Ukraine reports new figures on Russia's losses in the Ukraine war

Update from September 26, 9:19 a.m.: The Ukrainian General Staff has announced new figures on Russia's losses in the Ukraine war. According to the report, almost 277,000 Russian soldiers have either been killed or injured in the fighting so far.

The information provided by the warring parties cannot be independently verified. Often, both sides tend to exaggerate when making statements about the opponent's losses. The figures refer to losses since the beginning of the war; in parentheses the losses within the past 24 hours.

  • Soldiers: 276,670 (+400 compared to the previous day)
  • Tanks: 4672 (+5)
  • Armored combat vehicles: 8946 (+19)
  • Artillery systems: 6299 (+39)
  • Cruise missile: 1529 (+11)
  • Anti-aircraft guns: 533 (+2)
  • Multiple rocket launchers: 792 (+1)
  • Drones: 4924 (+29)
  • Vehicles and tankers: 8763 (+17)
  • Ships and boats: 20 (+0)
  • Aircraft: 315 (+0)
  • Helicopters: 316 (+0)
  • Source: Data from the General Staff of Ukraine as of September 26, 2023

Ukraine reports downing of 26 Russian attack drones in the south

Update from September 26, 8:43 a.m.: Massive wave of Russian attacks during the night: 26 of a total of 38 drones fired have now been destroyed by the Ukrainian Air Force, according to its own statements. They would all have been aimed at southern Ukraine. The important Danube port of Izmaili was hit again.

The attack lasted two hours, regional governor Oleg Kiper said on Telegram. The "port infrastructure in the Izmaili district" was also hit. Two truck drivers were injured, one of them is in hospital. In addition, a checkpoint, warehouses and around 30 trucks were damaged.

Since Russia's withdrawal from the grain deal, Russian attacks on Ukraine's grain infrastructure have increased. In particular, Izmail, on the border with NATO member Romania, has since been an important transshipment point for Ukrainian grain exports.

Sevastopol governor reports air alert in Crimea

Update from September 26, 7:44 a.m.: Russian information on the new explosions in Crimea is not yet clear. Mikhail Razvozhayev had declared on Telegram yesterday evening that there was an air alert in the Sevastopol region. An hour later, he declared it over again. Razvoshayev is the Moscow-appointed governor of the city of Sevastopol.

In the course of Monday evening (25 September), he also spoke of both "controlled demolitions" by Russia and a repelled missile attack. The latter is said to have taken place near the Belbek airfield.

New drone strike from Russia's Kursk region

Update from September 26, 7:31 a.m.: The Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports new details about the drones on Kursk: According to the regional governor, a drone hit a substation in the Russian region, which is close to the Ukrainian border. Seven settlements are now cut off from the power supply.

Russia reports drone strikes in Belgorod and Kursk

Update from September 26, 6:12 a.m.: In recent months, Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory and Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, have increased. Now Russian air defenses have repelled several Ukrainian drone attacks in Belgorod and Kursk during the night.

At least eleven drones were destroyed, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The reports could not be independently verified. Ukraine has not commented on this so far.

Kyiv reports new figures on Russia's losses in the Ukraine war

First reported on September 25: Kyiv – The announcement comes against the backdrop of obvious successes of the counteroffensive: The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has published current figures on Russia's losses in the Ukraine war.

According to the report, a good 420 Russian soldiers were killed or injured in the fighting within one day; In total, there are now said to be more than 276,000. The information provided by the warring parties cannot be independently verified. Often, both sides tend to exaggerate when making statements about the opponent's losses.

Ukraine reports breakthrough on the southern front near Verbowe in Zaporizhzhia

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army reported successes on the front line in the south of the country. Near the village of Verbowe in the Zaporizhzhia region, Russian defense lines have been breached, General Oleksandr Tarnawskiji said in an interview with US broadcaster CNN on Saturday (23 September).

However, he also acknowledged that the counteroffensive launched in June is progressing more slowly than hoped. According to Tarnawskiji, an important breakthrough would be the recapture of the city of Tokmak, about 20 kilometers from the front line. This would allow the Ukrainian army to advance further towards the annexed Crimean peninsula, he told CNN.

Attack on headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea

The interview was broadcast a day after the Ukrainian attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. According to the Ukrainian army, high-ranking Russian naval officers were also killed. Ships of the Black Sea Fleet have long been targeted in the Ukraine war.

The success of the counteroffensive depends not only on what happens at the front, but also on the destruction of command centers, which creates "chaos on the battlefield," Tarnawskiji stressed on US television. Attacks on Crimea would also raise the morale of Ukrainian soldiers. (with news agency material)

Source: merkur

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