Ukraine military chief claims responsibility for Crimea attacks

by | Sep 7, 2022 | World

Ukrainian army commander-in-chief says attacks on Russian airbases last month were carried out by missiles or rockets.Ukraine’s top military chief has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on Russian airbases on the occupied peninsula of Crimea, including one that caused devastation at the Saky military facility last month.
In an article co-authored by lawmaker Mykhailo Zabrodskyi and published on state news agency Ukrinform on Wednesday, Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the Ukrainian army’s commander-in-chief, said the attacks had been carried out by missiles or rockets, without elaborating.
Ukraine has until now only hinted at its involvement in the Crimea blasts, with one senior official anonymously telling the news agency Reuters that the airbase explosions were the work of Ukrainian saboteurs on the ground.
Writing about Ukraine’s response to what the op-ed said was Moscow’s strategy of “distancing” the war from Russian citizens, Zaluzhnyi and Zaborodskyi wrote of “the successful efforts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to physically transfer hostilities to … Crimea.
Smoke rises after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase near Novofedorivka, Crimea on August 9 [File: Reuters]
“We are talking about a series of successful rocket strikes against the enemy’s Crimean air bases, first of all, the Saky airfield,” the article said.
A footnote clarified that the Saky attack was a “combined strike” that took place on August 9 and took 10 Russian warplanes “out of action”.
The Russian defence ministry said at the time that aviation munitions had been detonated at the base through negligence.
Officials in Crimea said one person was killed in the blast and several others wounded.
Al Jazeera was not able to independently verify the claims.
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