Ukraine’s pilots destroyed the control point of the Russian military at the Saky airfield, located in the occupied Crimea. Mykola Oleshchuk, Ukraine's Air Force commander, has confirmed the successful strike.

"Saky airfield! All targets have been shot down!.... Thanks to our pilots for their excellent work!" Oleshchuk wrote on social media.

Reports of explosions in occupied Crimea, particularly in the area around the Saky airfield emerged late on Friday evening, Jan. 5.

The pro-Ukrainian telegram channel "Crimean Wind" cited eyewitnesses, stating that about 10 explosions were heard in the Yevpatoria area, with additional ones reported in where the military airfield "Saky" is situated in the village of Novofedorovka.

During the evening, traffic on the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait was temporarily blocked for about an hour.

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In the meantime, the Russian Defense Ministry hasn't commented on any of the statements from the Ukrainian side, only announcing that their air defense successfully intercepted and shot down four guided missiles over Crimea.

Prior to this, Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk said on Thursday that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) had carried out two missile strikes against Russian targets in Crimea; a command post, near Sevastopol, was hit at about 3 p.m. and a military unit, believed to be a radar station in Uyutne, near the city of Yevpatoria, in the evening.

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Oleshchuk thanked the pilots and “everyone who planned the operation for perfect combat work.” The wording of his Telegram post suggested the attacks had likely involved Anglo-French Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missiles.

A spokesperson for the Russian-appointed authorities in Crimea said its air defenses had intercepted ten missiles and 36 drones during the course of what they called a Ukrainian “terrorist attack” and that only fragments of destroyed projectile fell at the two locations.

However, within a couple of hours of the strike on the command post social media suggested that more than 20 soldiers and several senior Russian officers had been killed.

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This claim was expanded upon shortly thereafter with suggestions that one of those killed had been Russia’s Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov who had been made overall commander of Russia’s “special military operation” last January.

However, these rumours still haven't been confirmed by Moscow or Ukrainian Special Services.

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Austin Rand
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Hello -(just a minor correction

"occupied Crimea" is correct,as is "temporarily-occupied Crimea"but "the occupied Crimea", which appears in today's story is not correctis not correct From the point of view of standard English usage, the "the in front of Crimea is unecessary and so should not be used

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pootie your time is done
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pooties 3 day war achieved nothing,infact pootie boy is now worst off then when he started,his time is comming to an end,he will fail in Ukraine and russians will most likely boot him out of power.

pootie boy the wanker
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@pootie your time is done, pootie boy has lost all his top men,he has lost most of his expensive fighting gear,ships gone,jets gone,choppers gone,air defence systems gone generals gone,pootie can maybe make up a few slingshots for his boy soldiers,there is no way Ukraine is going to let pootie steal their land,all the invaders are heading to the sunflower fields.,i will repeat once again pootin has achieved nothing in Ukraine

pootie the looser
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@pootie boy the wanker, and then there is the sanctions on the russian economy,good luck trying to find a job in russia,good luck at the bank,pooties allready spent most of russias money on this war,pootie will run out of money,he is sending russia broke fast

S Wolfskin
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@pootie the looser, why bring up sanctions now?? dont you have confidence in Ukranian victory??

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Mugen
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This is such a fake war! It's simply a money laundering operation for obiden n Zelensky! Russia has already won n is just a scape goat as usual! This must be stopped!

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Karismo
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Если украинцы используют французские боеприпасы для нападения на российскую землю, Россия может защитить себя, напав в качестве меры предосторожности на французский груз, предназначенный для Украины. Это то, что Америка делает уже много лет.

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Vulgar Boatman
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Glory to Mother Russia truth and freedom defenders! Terror defined Ukrainian planes shot down over Crimea even before faulty disgraced missiles be deployed. All fell down comrades like Humpty Dumpty!
Mere flesh wound to Gerasimov. In hospital, but due to toenail infection. He will be there today to bring Christmas Eve cheer from 10th floor window balcony!

S Wolfskin
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@Vulgar Boatman, there is no Glory in war really, also that Mother Russia is run by violent Muslim militants and Asians. the Asian midget MoD is running the Russian army like a Chinese shop. Ukraine doesn't fare better either. Ukraine has a Jew in charge and Russia has some impostors.

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pootie boy is idiot
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keep chipping away at those airfields,go get all pootie boys planes,take them all out then get rid of that kerch bridge,pootie boy seems to have very little air defence left,go get them Ukraine

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