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Ukraine says Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander killed in new attack by Kyiv

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

34 officers are said to have been killed during the Ukrainian attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, including its commander Viktor Sokolov, though Russia is yet to comment on the incident.

Ukraine’s Special Forces said on Monday that Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, had been killed in a Ukrainian attack last week on the fleet headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

The Russian Defence Ministry did not immediately respond when asked by Reuters to confirm or deny that Sokolov had been killed in the attack on Crimea, which Russia seized and annexed in 2014.

The Ukrainian military said Friday’s attack had targeted a meeting of the Russian Navy’s leadership in the city of Sevastopol.

“After the strike on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 34 officers died, including the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Another 105 occupiers were wounded. The headquarters building cannot be restored,” the special forces said on the Telegram messaging app.

It was not immediately clear how Ukraine’s Special Forces counted the dead and wounded in the attack.

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