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Attacks in Crimea: Peninsula annexed by Russia and could change course of war in Ukraine | the world

This Tuesday the 16th, to the north, a military depot in the town of Jango Crimea, burst into flames. According to the Russian military, That was about it It did not cause serious injuries but did detonate ammunition stored at the site.

During the war, destroyed cities, relentless sieges and thousands of deaths on both sides, these facts may seem like small data, but they are. A turning point at a time when conflict seems at a standstill And above all, faced a blanket focus on the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

Russian tourists relax on a beach as a fire at the weapons depot at the Novofedorivka Air Base in Crimea is seen in the background. Reuters / STRINGERS

On August 9, hours after the explosions in Sakhi became known, President Volodymyr Zelensky was clear: “This Russian war against Ukraine and against all independent Europe started in Crimea and must end with Crimea and its liberation. It is impossible to say today when this will happen,” he said.

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Despite what the Ukrainian president says, he is unwilling to confirm or deny that it was his army that carried out the attacks in the region. In fact, it has instructed its officials not to leak information about it because such American media Y They, citing anonymous Ukrainian sources, said that Kyiv forces had indeed carried out the attacks.

What is special about this case Russia Not accused Ukraine Explosions. Actually, that’s what happened at the air force base SakiMoscow blamed local workers for not following proper protocols, which led to the fire.

If it is confirmed Ukraine The attacks would be a blow against Putin, who launched his crusade in 2014. CrimeaA peninsula he called a “holy place” for the Russians.

Surprise blow

So, are we entering a new phase of war?

International researcher Roberto Heimowitz doesn’t want to confirm this, but he thinks that’s what happened Crimea That’s not a small thing.

“This is important, because the Ukrainians have been able to attack the Russian rear only on very few occasions in six months, and now they have done it twice in a week, which indicates that if it was really them, everything was like that.” Comments to El Comercio.

“It weakens the Russians’ sense of security in their rear. If attacks in Crimea continue, it could force them to pull forces from the front lines to protect their air bases and other facilities to the south, and allow Ukraine to regain the initiative in the conflict.” Collaboration.

Crimea – It is visited by thousands of Russian tourists at this time of the year- It is the base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. and is used as a strategic location to deliver military equipment to armed forces fighting in the south and east of Ukraine.

The Crimean Peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014.
The Crimean Peninsula was annexed by Russia in 2014.

According to the Russian command, Tuesday’s explosions at the Dzhankoe arsenal destroyed civilian infrastructure such as a high-voltage line, power substations, part of a railway line and several houses.

Although there were no casualties, more than 3,000 people had to be evacuated in the nearby town of Mysko.

“We are in an emergency”Crimea Governor Sergei Aksyonov told reporters.

However, what happened on Tuesday 9 seems more complicated. According to Western sources, including the British Ministry of Defence, explosions at a Russian air force base Saki In addition to destroying nine Russian fighter jets, one was killed and five were injured. At least five fighter-bombers and three multi-role aircraft were “almost certainly destroyed or seriously damaged”. .

Satellite images show it was not a “surveillance” as the Russian military likes to paint it, but an attack against a military base.

A composite of satellite images from Maxar Technologies shows what Sagi Air Base looked like after the events of August 9.  The first shows what it looked like before the blast and what it looked like below.  For Russia, it was a fire, but photos show the results of the explosion (Photo: MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES / AFP)
A composite of satellite images from Maxar Technologies shows what Sagi Air Base looked like after the events of August 9. The first shows what it looked like before the blast and what it looked like below. For Russia, it was a fire, but photos show the results of the explosion (Photo: MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES / AFP) /

The attacks against Russian military bases led to the dismissal of Russian Black Sea Fleet commander Igor Osipov and the appointment of Viktor Sokolov on Wednesday.

New weapons?

Although it is thought that Ukrainian forces do not yet have the capability to fire projectiles beyond the 120 miles required to travel from Ukrainian territory to the Sagi base, reality may change. “War zone” refers to the analysis of the special defense site, which indicates that Ukraine may have adapted its old weapons from the Soviet era.

In April, Ukraine used its Neptune missiles to sink one of Russia’s largest warships, the Moskva, an operation that was also considered beyond the capabilities of its forces.

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“Ukrainians have a certain technological base that will allow them to adapt weapons from Western and Central European countries that supply them, such as Poland or the Czech Republic, or they may have acquired long-range weapons from the black market.”Hemotives notes.

However, the researcher slips in another theory: “Or maybe they infiltrated the population in Crimea. Remember that 25% to 30% of Crimea’s population are Ukrainians. And there are Tartars, who are 30%”. With this, it moves to a form of guerilla warfare, where the Ukrainian resistance is most effective.

Not for joy, the Russian Federal Security Service announced on Wednesday the capture of six members of an Islamist cell in the annexed Crimean peninsula. They belong to Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, a terrorist group Russia. According to the FSB, the prisoners, led by “Ukrainian emissaries”, carried out activities aimed at spreading terrorist ideology on Russian territory.

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