Russia Accuses Ukraine’s Allies in Missile Strike on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Crimea
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet accuses the West of helping plan a missile strike. Uncertainty about Admiral Sokolov’s condition raises worries about NATO-Russia conflict due to US support for Ukraine.
Russia Accuses Ukraine’s Allies in Missile Strike on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet HQ
Russia has accused Ukraine’s Western allies of involvement in planning and executing a missile strike on the Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Crimea. According to Irish Examiner, they claim the attack was premeditated, with the use of Western intelligence resources, NATO satellites, and reconnaissance planes. Russia suggests American and British security agencies provided guidance and close coordination for the operation. Moscow has consistently alleged that the US and NATO are involved in the conflict by providing weapons, intelligence, and aiding attacks on Russian facilities.
Recent video evidence suggests that Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the Russia’s Black Sea Fleet commander, is alive, contrary to Ukraine’s earlier claims that he was among the casualties in the Sevastopol strike. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, has been a major point of contention since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 20 months ago, facing increasing attacks from Ukraine.
Uncertainty Surrounds Casualties and Admiral’s Fate in Russia’s Black Sea Fleet
Al Jazeera reported that the strike on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters caused 105 injuries, with Russia initially reporting one serviceman killed but later retracting that statement, stating the individual was missing. There have been no further updates from Moscow on Sokolov’s status, but they did release a video showing him participating in a video conference with the Defense Minister.
Ukraine’s Special Operation Forces maintain that Sokolov is among the deceased, although many casualties remain unidentified. These developments raise concerns about increased tensions in the region and the potential for a direct conflict between NATO and Russia, as suggested by Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s deputy head of the Security Council, citing the arrival of American-made Abrams tanks in Ukraine and the promise of long-range ATACMS missiles from the US.