International Desk: 9 Russian soldiers were killed in a missile attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea. Another 16 people were injured in the attack by the Ukrainian military. The Ukrainian military claimed that two generals of the Russian military were among the casualties. Kirill Budanov, head of Ukraine's top intelligence agency, said, "Among the injured, the condition of Colonel General (Alexander) Romanchuk, commander of the Black Sea Fleet Group, is very critical." Besides, Chief of Staff Lieutenant General (Oleg) Sekov remains undefined.
Ukraine claimed to have launched a missile attack on Russia's Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol on Friday. Multiple video footages of the attack posted on social media showed white smoke billowing from the roof of the building. Immediately after the attack, the Russian Defense Ministry said that one of its naval personnel was missing in the attack. But Budanov did not confirm the death of Admiral Viktor Sokolov, commander of Russia's Black Sea fleet.
He said the number of casualties among general military personnel who are not HQ employees is yet to be determined. Military personnel are there performing duties, providing security and much more. However, they are not included in the statistics given regarding casualties, he said. In 2014, Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine through a military operation. After the start of Russian military operations in Ukraine last year, the region began to come under Ukrainian attack.
However, in recent weeks, Ukrainian attacks and attempted attacks in Crimea have increased. However, most of the countries of the world did not recognize Moscow's occupation even though Russia took possession of the Crimea island from Ukraine by carrying out a military operation. In addition, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to liberate Crimea from Russian occupation.