Ukraine Strikes Russian Naval Vessels in Sevastopol, Crimea

A massive Ukrainian bombing campaign is occurring in Crimea today

Ukraine launched a significant overnight attack on the Crimean port of Sevastopol, hitting two Russian naval vessels, a communications center, and other Black Sea Fleet facilities. The extent of the damage is unclear, but Ukrainian air force commander Mykola Oleshchuk praised the operation, claiming victory for Ukraine. 

The attack, the most massive in recent times according to Sevastopol governor Mikhail Razvozhayev, resulted in large explosions, fireballs, and thick black smoke seen in the city. One person was reported killed, and transportation in Sevastopol was partially damaged. 

Russian military bloggers report additional Ukrainian strikes in Crimea, including at Hvardiiske, where an oil depot was allegedly targeted. 

Despite Moscow's ground campaign advantage, Ukraine has targeted Russia's Black Sea Fleet successfully, disabling or destroying over 20 vessels. The recent strikes on the Yamal and Azov leave Russia with potentially only three working landing ships in the Black Sea.

These attacks not only impact Russia militarily but also economically, as they secure a shipping corridor for Ukraine's exports through the Bosphorus Strait. Ukraine's use of technological innovation and audacity, combined with Russian incompetence, has given it an edge in the region, evidenced by the relocation of Russian naval ships away from Sevastopol last year after Ukrainian attacks.

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