A Ukrainian missile struck Russia’s Black Sea Fleet headquarters on Friday. The Fleet serves as the primary base for the Fleet. As emergency forces were called in and smoke billowed into the sky, officials had no idea how large scale the damage would be.
Ukraine carried out a fiery missile strike Friday on the main headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, killing one serviceman, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Photos and video showed large plumes of smoke over the building in Sevastopol in annexed… https://t.co/m9L0FbRGOb
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Reports convey smoke filled the air and shrapnel could be seen for hundreds of yards around ground zero. The Russian Ministry of Defence said one member of the fleet was deceased, but later spoke of him as missing.
Sevastopol’s Gov. Mikhail Razvozhayev told residents, “Another attack is possible,” on his Telegram account. He later reneged that statement but continued to warn against going into the city center.
Ukraine hasn’t been shy about taking credit for prior attacks, but this time around, they were quiet at first. The move is thought to be a response to Russia’s attack across Ukraine just yesterday.
It would appear Russia waited for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s trip to the U.S. where he was meeting with President Joe Biden — launching their attack when he was halfway around the world.
The attack came on the heels of Russia accusing Ukraine just last week of intentionally damaging marine vessels at a local shipyard, leading to a fire. That attack was the largest in recent weeks and could signal that progress lies around the corner.
Biden has already promised Zelenskyy he will send an ATACMS long-range missile to Kyiv, despite how few Americans are interested in continued support of the war in Ukraine.
Following his meeting in D.C., Zelenskyy made a pitstop to speak with the Canadian Parliament, to which he said, “Moscow must lose once and for all. And it will lose.” Ukraine has reportedly made progress this week, taking their tanks beyond Vladimir Putin’s final line of defense.
Putin and Zelenskyy both appear confident in their nation’s ability to win this fight, but Americans are losing confidence. U.S. citizens are tiring of the unending support for a fight they feel they shouldn’t even be in, but the war wages on despite this public sentiment.