Expert assesses impact of Ukrainian forces' strike on Russian logistics in Crimea

Ukrainian attack on Russian facilities in Crimea. 24 March, 2024.
Ukrainian attack on Russian facilities in Crimea. 24 March, 2024.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have successfully hit large landing ships Yamal and Azov, a communications center, and several infrastructure facilities of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Pavlo Narozhny, founder of the charity organization Reactive Post and military expert, told Radio NV on March 24.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have successfully hit large landing ships Yamal and Azov, a communications center, and several infrastructure facilities of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Pavlo Narozhny, founder of the charity organization Reactive Post and military expert, told Radio NV on March 24.

"Most likely, it was a cruise missile strike or a Storm Shadow or, for example, a modified Neptune, which is also a possible option. <...> In any case, this is a very powerful strike," Narozhny said.

He believes it was a successful attack on Russian logistics:

"Russia has quite a few large landing ships, because this is probably the sixth ship [hit]. If they are not damaged but destroyed, it is also a very powerful blow to logistics. Because these ships can transport either a battalion (300 soldiers) or armored vehicles. But usually, Russia employs them to transport shells, Shaheds, and ammunition; these ships are mostly used for ammunition. This is a very powerful blow to Russian logistics."

An oil depot located near the airfield was hit, which means that fuel for warplanes was most likely burned, the expert adds.

Russia suffered losses in personnel, as propagandists write that up to 50 soldiers were killed, 30 of them officers, said Narozhny, citing Russian “milbloggers”.

Three aircraft were also damaged at this airfield, the military expert said with reference to Russian war correspondents.

Explosions in occupied Sevastopol on March 23-24 - what is known

An air raid alert was declared in Sevastopol on the evening of March 23. Explosions were heard in the city, and firefighters were sent to the impact sites.

The so-called governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, wrote that enemy air defense allegedly managed to shoot down several air targets. He also stated that the attack "was the most massive in recent times."

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At the same time, the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Mykola Oleshchuk, responded to the explosions in Crimea and praised the work of the pilots.

"The sky and the sea are the same color!" Oleshchuk wrote.

“I thank the pilots and sailors for their successful combat work! Crimea is ours!”

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According to the OSINT technical investigator, at least three Ukrainian Storm Shadow cruise missiles hit a major communications hub of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol on March 23. The facility is "completely covered with satellite communications antennas."

A series of explosions occurred in Crimea again overnight on March 23-24. Drones reportedly hit an oil depot near the village of Hvardiyske.

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