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New Details on Ukrainian Special Operation in Crimea (Video)

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Ukrainian special forces of Defense Intelligence on a mission to raid the russian forces on enemy territories / Still frame credit: Defense Intelligence of the MInistry of Defense of Ukraine
Ukrainian special forces of Defense Intelligence on a mission to raid the russian forces on enemy territories / Still frame credit: Defense Intelligence of the MInistry of Defense of Ukraine

A lot about this operation is kept vague but the revealed details shed some light on the Ukrainian military activities near the peninsula

Defense Intelligence of Ukraine has shared new footage of a special operation that included approaching the russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula and led to "significant losses" on the russian side.

According to the Defense Intelligence, the Artan special purpose unit had three stops: on the Western coast of Crimea, as well as on the Kinburn Spit and on the Tendriv Spit – narrow strips of land in the Kherson region with access to the Black Sea, closer to the current frontline.

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Approximate areas of operation of Ukrainian Defense Intelligence special forces
Approximate areas of operation of Ukrainian Defense Intelligence special forces / Map credit: Google Earth; rendered by Defense Express

Press service reveals that the Ukrainian soldiers engaged russian occupation forces both on land and in the sea: after the exfiltration, the russians were on the pursuit and deployed aviation.

As previously reported, there are losses on the Ukrainian side but the other side suffered "incomparably heavier" casualties, Defense Intelligence spokesperson Andrii Yusov said in an interview with Ukrainska Pravda.

The official message says the footage above shows episodes of the operation that took place "the other day," most likely referring to the landing of Ukrainian forces reported yesterday. Although there is an inconsistency we have to point out.

Defense Intelligence' notice from a day ago mentioned two other units, Stuhna and Bratstvo groups of special forces, while the last time Artan was having a combat sortie was in late August. Back then, this unit in the same manner approached Crimea on speedboats.

That leaves certain vagueness as to which time this video refers to, although a possible explanation is that all three units were engaged this time.

"This is not the first and not the last operation of the Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine on the Crimean Peninsula. Most of them will become known only after a while. This is a systematic, planned and coordinated work of all involved units. The enemy will feel the consequences of our work for a long time," said Artan commander Viktor Torkotiuk.

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