Ukrainian forces destroy Russian air defense system on Tarkhankut Cape in Crimea

23 August, 03:15 PM
A powerful explosion rang out in Crimea (Photo:Кримський вітер/Telegram)

A powerful explosion rang out in Crimea (Photo:Кримський вітер/Telegram)

The Ukrainian military successfully executed a strike on the Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory of Crimea in the early hours of Aug. 23, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense’s Main Intelligence Directorate or HUR has reported.

This operation holds significant importance due to its impact on the enemy’s air defense capabilities within the Tarkhankut Peninsula, the HUR said. The destruction of the air defense system severely hampers the enemy’s ability to monitor its airspace and protect assets.

As a result of the strike, a Russian S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile system was completely obliterated, along with the missiles and personnel stationed at the installation.

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“Given the limited number of such complexes in the enemy’s arsenal, this constitutes a painful blow to the occupiers’ air defense system, which will have a profound impact on subsequent events in occupied Crimea,” intelligence officials said in comment accompanying footage of the explosion.

Petro Andriushchenko, advisor to the Mayor of Mariupol, and the channel “Crimean Wind,” both reported on Telegram about the successful targeting of the Russian Bastion coastal missile complex, which functions as a launcher for P-800 Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles. They also confirmed the striking of radar stations on the Tarkhankut Cape.

Additionally, photographs of a dense column of smoke billowing into the sky as a result of the strike are circulating on social media.

Russian invasion forces have not officially reported on the explosion.

Sudden explosions have become a recurring phenomenon on the occupied peninsula, with the occupiers attributing them to “air defense operations” while confirming hits to ammunition storage facilities. Traffic disruptions on the Crimean Bridge are also frequent.

Vasyl Maliuk, the head of Ukraine’s SBU security service, on Aug. 16 publicly acknowledged for the first time that an explosion at the Crimean Bridge on July 1y was the result of a joint SBU and Ukrainian Navy operation. The bridge was attacked with a Ukrainian SeaBaby marine attack drone, Maliuk said.

Manwhile, Kyrylo Budanov, the head of the HUR, said on Aug. 22, that “in the coming days,” Ukrainians could expect to see new measures aimed at countering occupying Russian forces within the territory of Ukraine’s Crimea.

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