Moscow feels the breath of Ukraine close to their commanding positions. In the early hours of this Tuesday there was an explosion in the Crimean peninsula illegally occupied by Russia in 2014. The detonation destroyed several Russian Kalibr type cruise missiles in the population of dzhankoiwhile they were transported by rail, reported Tuesday the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Russia transports missiles by land for the Black Sea Fleet to military ports. Russian media report that Russian air defense systems repelled the attack.
“An explosion in the city of Dzhankoi, in temporarily occupied northern Crimea (by the Russians), destroyed the Russian ‘Kalibr-NK’ cruise missiles during their transport by rail,” this Ukrainian body reported on the Telegram channel of this organism. The Kyiv authorities have not claimed responsibility for what could be a possible attack in this territory that the Russians have controlled since 2014. It should be remembered that the last attack on the Crimean peninsula was carried out by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on 16 March, the ninth anniversary of the illegal annexation referendum. Then Russian air defense forces shot down a drone in the Saki region of the peninsula.
The Ukrainian intelligence services have indicated in their message after the explosion that “the process of demilitarization of Russia continues and the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea is being prepared for liberation.” The inhabitants of Crimea had written on social networks that there had been a series of explosions in the Dzhankoi area, in the north of the region, and there were even rumors that a drone had been shot down, according to Ukrainian agencies.
The affected Kalibr missiles are designed to be launched from ships and submarines of the Russian Fleet stationed in the Black Sea, according to the Kyiv government. The projectiles can reach a distance of more than 2,500 kilometers and be launched against land targets and 375 kilometers against sea targets. There is also a version of the Kalibr to be launched from combat aircraft (Kalibre-A) and from ground launchers.
The incident comes as China’s president, Xi Jinping, pays an official visit to Russia to meet with his Russian colleague, Vladimir Putin, with whom you are discussing the situation of the war in Ukraine. It also coincides with the trip undertaken to Ukraine by the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, to meet this Tuesday with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, according to what the Japanese Foreign Ministry reported today.
Russia occupied Crimea following a forceful blockade by Ukrainian military units and an illegal referendum on March 16, 2014. Ukraine and most of the countries of the world do not recognize the accession of the peninsula to the Russian Federation.
The Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly stated that they pursue the goal of vacating all Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia since 2014, including Crimea. Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov, He even admitted that Kyiv could return Crimea without a fight against the background of an internal crisis in the Russian Federation.
What is happening in Bakhmut
Meanwhile, in the battle for the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, in the eastern Donetsk region, the Wagner’s Russian private army he asked the Defense Ministry in Moscow for help. Wagner’s boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin, published a letter to the defense minister on Monday, Sergey Shoigucalling for reinforcements. Prigozhin said that the Ukrainian armed forces are planning a large-scale offensive in late March and early April. The goal is to isolate Wagner’s troops from the Russian forces. Schoigu must urgently take the necessary measures to prevent this, he added.
Otherwise, Prigozhin warned that there would be “negative consequences” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Currently, Wagner’s units control about 70 percent of Bakhmut and continue their attacks until full liberation,” he said. According to Prigozhin, the troops of his mercenary organization are the only Russian units who are fighting in Bakhmut.Therefore, the Russian army is active in other sections of the front in the Donetsk region.