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Ukraine Launches Missile Barrage on Crimea Using British Storm Shadow Missiles

Ukraine initiated a significant missile attack against four Russian military positions located in occupied Crimea.

British Storm Shadow missiles used

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The operation, which involved Ukraine’s air force, utilized British Storm Shadow missiles.

This assault followed a previous strike on a radar station used by air defense systems in north-western Crimea.

Missile Barrage in Crimea

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Ukraine’s missile attack resulted in explosions and reports of active surface-to-air interceptors.

Sevastopol, a major port city, and the nearby Belbek military airfield were affected.

Plume of Smoke Captured

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Social media footage captured a massive plume of smoke and a second missile striking near the source of the smoke.

Ukraine’s Air Force Involvement

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The involvement of Ukraine’s air force indicated that British Storm Shadow missiles launched from Kyiv’s jets were deployed during the operation.

Statements from Ukrainian Air Force

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Lt Gen Mykola Oleshchuk, head of Ukraine’s air force, declared that Ukrainian aviators aimed to “cleanse Crimea from the Russian presence.” He thanked those who participated in the operation.

Russian Response

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The Russian Ministry of Defence claimed to have intercepted and shot down 20 Ukrainian missiles over the Black Sea and the occupied peninsula. Fragments from these missiles reportedly hit a military unit in Lyubimovka, near the Belbek air base.

No Damage, Claims Russia

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In a statement, the Kremlin claimed that no “aviation equipment” had been damaged, but the governor of Crimea, who was installed by Russia, claimed that no people had been killed as a result of the Ukrainian strikes.

Kyiv’s Counter-Offensive Plans

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A senior Ukrainian general, Kyrylo Budanov, hinted at a forthcoming counter-offensive against Russian forces in the “early spring.” This statement followed his assessment that Russia’s offensive would be exhausted by that time.

A Chess Board

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“We make a move, the enemy makes a move. Now is the enemy’s turn. It will end, and then ours will start,” he added.

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