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    Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Commander Among 34 Killed in a Missile Strike in Crimea, Ukraine Claims

    Russia's Black Sea Fleet Commander Among 34 Killed in a Missile Strike in Crimea, Ukraine Claims

    KYIV, — The missile strike that blasted the Crimean headquarters of Russia's navy last week killed 34 officers, including the fleet commander, Ukraine said Monday, though it provided no evidence to support its claim.

    Ukraine's Special Operation Forces said on the Telegram messaging app that its strike on the main building of the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the port of Sevastopol had wounded 105 people. The claims could not independently be verified and are vastly different from what Russia has reported.

    Russia's announced the attack on the building and initially said one serviceman was killed but later said the person was not killed but missing. has provided no further updates.

    The Crimean Peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014, has been a frequent target since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine 20 months ago. Crimea has served as the key hub supporting the invasion.

    Ukraine has increasingly targeted naval facilities in Crimea in recent weeks while the brunt of its summer counteroffensive makes slow gains in the east and south of Ukraine, the Institute for the Study of War said. It followed Friday's attack with another barrage on Saturday.

    The new death and casualty figures are a steep increase from what Ukraine's intelligence chief, Kyrylo Budanov, told Voice of America on Saturday when he said at least nine people were…

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