attacks on the Russian army in Crimea; Zelensky warns: they will attack this week

The Russia-Ukraine war continues in full force, with one of the active fronts being the Crimea region, where several attacks on Russian military facilities have been recorded. The fighting continues despite the report published last week on CNN Turkey, according to which the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, told the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that he is ready to meet with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, and discuss with him the end of the fighting.

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At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned during the night (between Saturday and Sunday) the citizens of his country against a Russian attack this coming Wednesday – Ukrainian Independence Day. “We must not allow Moscow to spread ‘gloom and fear’ among us,” he explained, “we must be aware that Russia may try and carry out a particularly ugly action, something very evil.” Ukrainian Independence Day, which marks the 31st anniversary of the country’s liberation from Soviet rule, and six months since the beginning of the Russian invasion of the country, falls on August 24.

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“You can really feel the Crimean peninsula in the air this year, whose occupation is only temporary – and Ukraine will return there,” the Ukrainian president added. In the meantime, sources in the West claimed that the increasing attacks on Russian military installations in the Crimea peninsula have a “significant psychological effect” on the Kremlin, when yesterday the incidents continued with the explosion of a drone at the headquarters of the Russian Navy in the Black Sea in the city of Sevastopol.

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Videos released yesterday showed smoke rising from the main Russian naval base in Sevastopol. The governor of the city, Mikhail Razvozaev, first claimed that a drone hit the roof of the headquarters and that there were no casualties, then changed his version and claimed that the drone was hit by anti-aircraft fire and then fell on the roof and caught fire.
The attack in Sevastopol was the latest in a long list of attacks on Russian facilities in Crimea, which was seized by Russia in 2014, but the Ukrainians have not yet officially claimed responsibility.

On Wednesday night, explosions occurred at the air force base in Belek near Sevastopol, but satellite images did not show any damage. About two weeks ago, an ammunition depot at the Saki Air Force base exploded, and it is estimated that more than half of the Russian attack aircraft in the Black Sea were damaged.

Western officials estimated that the attacks in the Crimea peninsula, about 200 km from the front line, caused a shock among the Russian leadership. “Ukraine is now managing to achieve kinetic effects deep beyond the Russian lines,” said one of the officials in a media briefing. “These incidents had a material impact on the Russian logistical assistance, but more importantly – it had a psychological effect on the Russian leadership.”

In the meantime, the tension continues around the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine, the largest in Europe. The issue came up in a conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, at a ceremony to mark the liberation of a city in southern France from Nazi occupation in World War II. According to the French announcement, Putin changed his position and expressed his approval for a visit by a UN team to the power plant.


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