Ukraine’s big claim
Russia’s air defense system shot down a missile near Belbek Air Base. Moscow-appointed Governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, said this on the Telegram messaging app. Earlier, Ukraine’s Special Forces had said that soldiers attending a meeting of the Russian Navy were the target of Friday’s attack on the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. “After the attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 34 officers, including the fleet commander, were killed,” the Special Forces said. The remaining 105 soldiers were injured. The headquarters building has also been destroyed.
what is the whole truth
Sokolov was not named in the report. But Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, posted the admiral’s name and a photo on social media. Russia’s Defense Ministry has not yet responded to Sokolov’s murder. After the attack on Friday, Russia had reported that one person was missing. According to the US-based think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russia and Ukraine have many times exaggerated the enemy’s losses. Both countries comment very little on their losses.
What will be its effect?
The think tank says that if Ukraine’s claim were false, it would have been easy for Russia to reject it. According to the think tank, it has not yet confirmed that Sokolov or any other high-ranking Russian commander has died in these Ukrainian attacks. Although the Russian command is easily able to refute the Ukrainian reporting. The think tank said the death of Sokolov and other Russian officers would weaken command and control in the Russian Black Sea Fleet.