Ukrainian Secret Agents Are Scaring the Kremlin Shitless With Deadly Explosions and Covert Poison Ops

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Tasked with wreaking havoc against Russian targets behind enemy lines, Ukrainian saboteurs and special forces launched their most spectacular operation to date with a bang on Tuesday.
After a series of blasts ripped through a Russian airbase in the occupied Crimea peninsula, the Russian Defense Ministry said the detonation of aerial ordnance at the site was to blame and that no one was injured. Questions about the Kremlin's version of the effort were immediately raised based on videos of the blasts shared on social media, which analysts said looked much more like the result of a coordinated attack than an isolated accident. New revelations have pared down the Russian story about what happened to a smoldering wreck.
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Ukraine claims responsibility for the massive explosions at the Russian base in Crimea, despite the Kremlin's history
Speaking to The Washington Post on Wednesday, an anonymous Ukrainian government official said the explosions at the base were actually caused by an operation by Ukrainian special forces. Exactly how the attack was carried out was not disclosed, although a US official has insisted that no American weapon was used in the attack. The blasts were so far behind the front line that the area was deemed safe enough by Russian authorities to allow tourists to visit nearby resorts. Footage on social media showed beachgoers taking cover as the plumes of smoke and flames erupted from the base.
Russian officials later reported that one person was killed and 13 injured in the blasts.
Although Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not directly address the blasts in Crimea in his late night address to his people on Tuesday, he made it clear that he wanted to take back control of the region from Moscow, which annexed Crimea in 2014. "Crimea is Ukrainian." Zelenskyj said: "And we will never give it up."
If confirmed as a Ukrainian operation, the attack would represent a significant escalation in the range of Kiev's ability to hold back the invading forces. But Tuesday's deadly blasts aren't the only attack attributed to undercover Ukrainian agents.
A Kremlin-appointed mayor in the occupied city of Kherson was placed in a coma and flown to Russia for treatment after falling ill on August 3. After "five months of uninterrupted bullets," Vladimir Saldo was "just overtired." claimed the deputy head of the Kherson government, denying that he had been poisoned. Russian state media reports on the illness have varied, with some claiming he suffered a stroke while others saying he contracted COVID. But Russian opposition media reported that Saldo had in fact been poisoned by a cook who was brought to his home the day before he became mysteriously ill. Ukrainian military strategists are believed to be targeting residents in the Russian-held territories to carry out the attacks - including poisoning Saldo.
These covert guerrilla agents, or "partisans," were also believed to be responsible for the assassination of another Moscow-based officer less than 24 hours after Saldo was taken to Moscow for treatment.
Vitaly Gur, who was appointed deputy head of the town of Nova Kakhovka near Kherson, was shot dead on Saturday while leaving his apartment building. He died while being taken to a hospital in Crimea, Russian media reported.
It's not clear if Ukraine has plans for future attacks behind enemy lines - but Kyiv issued a warning to Russian vacationers on Tuesday. Alongside an image of thick black smoke billowing from the airbase in Crimea, a spokesman tweeted: "The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine would like to remind everyone that the presence of occupying forces on the territory of Ukraine's Crimea is incompatible with the peak tourist season. "
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