Title: Black Sea Fleet Commander Alive Amidst Ukraine’s Declaration of His Death
Subtitle: Tensions Escalate in Crimea as Ukraine and Russia Remain at Odds
The war in Ukraine has reached a critical juncture as tensions escalate in Crimea, the territory annexed by Russia from Ukraine nine years ago. Ukraine recently announced the death of the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet following a major attack on the Crimean Peninsula. However, Russia has released photos of the commander, Admiral Viktor Sokolov, attending a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other senior military officials, refuting Ukraine’s claims.
The attack on the Russian naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea, occurred on Friday and was carried out by Ukrainian warplanes using long Shadow Storm missiles. Ukrainian authorities allege that the attack resulted in the death of Admiral Sokolov, making him the first high-ranking Russian military commander to die in combat since the start of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in 2022.
Previously, Russian authorities had not confirmed the death of Admiral Sokolov, but the Russian Ministry of Defense released video footage of the meeting where Admiral Sokolov appeared via video call. The timing of the meeting remains unconfirmed, but Defense Minister Shoigu referred to Ukraine’s counter-operation as the “Autumn Counterattack,” suggesting it was a recent event. Additionally, a photo of Admiral Sokolov attending a congratulatory ceremony with the Black Sea Fleet football team before the attack was released by Russian authorities.
The attack on the naval base is part of a larger series of assaults by Ukraine on Russian military targets in Crimea. These attacks include targeting a shipyard used for repairing warships and logistics routes such as the Kirch Bridge. Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has declared that Ukraine will continue to retaliate against Russia, putting pressure on Russia to end its aggressive actions in Ukraine. Drone strikes have also been employed by Ukraine, mostly targeting air bases and warplanes on Russian soil.
In addition to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the Nagorno-Karabakh region has become another flashpoint. The dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia has been ongoing for decades, with Azerbaijan launching a recent offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh. This has caused a mass exodus of ethnic Armenians residing in the area, with 35% of the population fleeing from Nagorno-Karabakh, fueled by fear of unsafe living conditions and concerns of potential genocide.
The Lachin Corridor, the only route connecting Nagorno-Karabakh and southern Armenia, remains crowded with vehicles as ethnic Armenians attempt to evacuate. So far, approximately 42,500 migrants have arrived in Armenia, accounting for 35% of the ethnic Armenian population in Nagorno-Karabakh. However, the exodus continues, and many farmers in Nagorno-Karabakh fear for their safety and wellbeing.
Efforts are being made to address the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Representatives of both countries engaged in negotiations in Brussels, Belgium, with the involvement of the European Union. Azerbaijan expressed its intent to resolve the conflict peacefully through a process of negotiation, distinguishing itself from a more confrontational approach.
As tensions persist and the exodus from Nagorno-Karabakh continues, aid efforts are underway. The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed $11.5 million in humanitarian aid, including food and emotional support. Azerbaijan has also pledged to send humanitarian aid, including wheat, sanitary products, and fuel.
The situation remains fragile as both Ukraine and Azerbaijan grapple with internal conflicts and external pressures. Resolving these conflicts will require continued diplomatic efforts and international cooperation to bring stability to the affected regions.
Russia releases photo of Black Sea fleet commander While meeting with Defense Minister and senior military officials After Ukraine declares him dead
The war in Ukraine is now in its 20th month. Crimea is one of the hottest areas of the war. A territory that Russia has annexed and seized from Ukraine nine years ago, a major attack took place on the Crimean Peninsula on Friday. Ukraine said the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet had died in the attack, a day after Ukraine announced the death. Russia has also released images of the general from a meeting with the defense minister and senior military officers.
Ukraine claims to have successfully killed the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet
Russia heavily attacks Odessa-Kherzon. After Ukraine invaded Crimea
9 years since Russia annexed Crimea The start of the Ukraine-Russia conflict
Yesterday (September 26), the Russian Ministry of Defense released video footage of a meeting of senior military officers. Among the military officers who attended the meeting Admiral Viktor Sokolov, commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, was also pictured at the meeting. This is a video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense after news spread that the commander of the Black Sea Fleet has died. After Ukraine launched an attack on the Russian naval base in Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula last Friday,
The attack was an air strike using at least two or three long Shadow Storm missiles from Ukrainian warplanes. Meanwhile, a meeting of Russian Navy officials was held.
Ukrainian authorities claim that the commander of the Black Sea Fleet was among 33 people killed in the attack on the naval base. who if in fact dies according to Ukraine announcement This would be the first high-ranking Russian military commander to die in combat. Since Russia launched its war in Ukraine in 2022
In the past, the Russian authorities have not confirmed information about the death of General Sokolov. Until the Russian Ministry of Defense released video footage of the meeting yesterday. The commander of the Black Sea Fleet appeared at the meeting via video call. along with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and several other military commanders This general did not say anything at the meeting.
At the moment it is not possible to confirm when the video of the meeting was recorded. Although at the meeting the Russian Defense Minister will call the counter-operation of Ukraine a “counterattack” “Operation Autumn Counterattack,” which can be assumed to be from a very short time ago.
Most recently in the evening in our home time. Russian authorities have released another photo of the commander of the Black Sea Fleet. This is a picture while attending a congratulatory ceremony with the Black Sea Fleet football team. After taking part in an inter-military football match that ended on September 18, that was before Ukraine launched an attack on the Russian naval base in Sevastopol on September 22. During one of the interviews with the media The commander of the Marine Fleet said that Mr. “The fleet was able to complete its mission according to the assigned orders.” It was not possible to confirm when the video was recorded.
The attack on the Russian naval base was just one of several recent attacks on the Crimean Peninsula by Ukraine targeting Russian military targets. Be it a shipyard used to repair air defense system warships or logistics routes like the Kirch Bridge
As the attack on Crimea became part of a counteroffensive strategy to cut off Russia’s fighting power, the Ukrainian president announced that Ukraine will continue to focus on fighting Russia.
Zelensky announced. Ukraine will continue to retaliate against Russia.
During his daily briefing last night, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke about putting pressure on Russia to launch an aggressive war in Ukraine, saying that as long as Russia continues to invade Ukraine, Russia will suffer losses. and the Ukraine will carry out additional retaliatory actions against Russia.
In addition to strong counter-operations in the south and more frequent attacks on Crimea, another way Ukraine has responded to Russia has been to launch drone strikes on Russian soil in several areas. They are most often aimed at military targets such as air bases and warplanes.
In addition to the war between Russia and Ukraine Another area that has become a key point of conflict is the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azerbaijan and Armenia have been in conflict for decades. Azerbaijan’s latest offensive against Nagorno-Karabakh last week led to a mass exodus of ethnic Armenians living in the territory, who now make up a quarter of the population, all evacuated from Nagorno-Karabakh.
35 percent of Armenians have fled Nagorno-Karabakh.
It is now the fourth day after people of Armenian descent tried to evacuate from the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan along the Lachin Corridor. It is the only route connecting Nagorno-Karabakh and southern Armenia. It is still crowded with cars waiting to pass through checkpoints before entering the Armenian border.
Armenian authorities said that About 42,500 migrants have arrived in Armenia so far, accounting for 35 percent of the ethnic Armenian population living in Nagorno-Karabakh. This was a mass exodus that occurred after the long-standing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia erupted. It turned into a military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh last week.
The beginning of the conflict happened between the two countries. Because this territory belongs to Azerbaijan. But the majority of residents are of Armenian descent. One of the most violent conflicts was the 44-day war in 2020, which ended with a ceasefire agreement and the opening of a connection between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia called the Lachin Corridor.
But in 2022, Azerbaijan blocked the corridor, stopping the shipment of consumer goods and fuel to Nagorno-Karabakh. Until there is a shortage and it becomes a humanitarian crisis. People have to live a difficult life.
However, after Azerbaijan launched military operations in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 19, The reason was to eliminate separatist groups. The siege of the Lachin Corridor ended. After 10 months, tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians fled Nagorno-Karabakh. Because they fear that their lives will be unsafe if they continue to live there.
Nikol Pashinian, Prime Minister of Armenia Has come out and said that many times There is a risk of genocide in Nagorno-Karabakh. This is despite the Azerbaijani authorities declaring that they will guarantee the safety of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh.
At the same time, there are still many Gorno-Karabakh farmers who have not been able to evacuate and are starting to worry about that. The explosion of an oil depot in Stepanakert in Nagorno-Karabakh yesterday may worsen the ongoing oil shortage. Until there may not be enough oil to travel all the way to the Armenian border.
For the aid sent after the Karabakh side accepted the ceasefire agreement. The BBC said it could now send around 70 tonnes. Azerbaijan, which had previously agreed to send humanitarian aid, also said that about 40 tons of wheat, about 64 metric tons of sanitary products and fuel are currently being shipped to Nagorno-Karabakh.
Another country that has announced aid to Nagorno-Karabakh is the United States, Samantha Power, director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), made the announcement while visiting the border region. In Armenia, near Nagorno-Karabakh, The United States is ready to send humanitarian aid worth $11.5 million, including food and emotional support, to the people of the region.
In the midst of a still fragile situation and the ongoing exodus from Nagorno-Karabakh of people of Armenian descent. Yesterday representatives of the Azerbaijani and Armenian governments made the first attempt to negotiate a solution after the attack. with representatives from the European Union also participating
Yesterday, discussions were held on a solution to the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Between representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan took place in Brussels. Belgium
After the talks ended, Hikmet Hajiyev, foreign policy adviser to the President of Azerbaijan, said: Azerbaijan aims to resolve the conflict with Armenia through a peace process and negotiations.
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