War in Ukraine, live: the latest information

The Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, has been under the Ukrainian military’s sights, away from the fighting since the Russian offensive in Ukraine began on February 24. After The first attack was on August 9, at the Saky military airfieldLocated in the west of this area, Violent outbursts It shook again, Tuesday, August 16, a Russian base established in the Zhankoy district in the northeast of the region.

Theoretically, for ten days the targeted bases in Crimea are out of reach of the Ukrainian army. Chaki Air Base and Jankoi Depot are both located 200 kilometers from the front. US-supplied Himars, which have a range of no more than 80 kilometers, are far from many rocket launchers.

If the hypotheses of attacks by drones or infiltrating special forces do not seduce experts, the missiles made by Ukraine “raised” Part of the military community is favored by allies. Some indicate that “Two or three jugs” Produced by Yuzhnoi Design Office, a Ukrainian aerospace industrialist, it is capable of firing ballistic missiles with guidance systems. “Amis”.

The attacks respond to a particularly political motive: to show that Ukraine has not abandoned Crimea, despite eight years of Russian occupation. “It boosts the morale of Ukrainians in an extraordinary way” Tetyana Ogarkova, head of the international department of the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center in Kyiv, notes. By striking so far, in a region popular with many Russians on their holidays, Kyiv is also sending a message to Russian public opinion.

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