A massacre at a safe distance: this is how one could dryly describe the M142 missile strike “HIMARS” launched by Ukraine on the small island of Dzharylhach, located between northern Crimea and southern Oblast Kherson.
According to Newsweek or CNN, which echo Ukrainian media such as Euromaidan Press, and although the figure cannot be verified at this stage, it is about 200 Russian soldiers who would have lost their lives in a few moments, at the same time as much of their equipment was erased from the face of the Earth.
Training camp and long-range missiles
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has published a video, filmed from drones, of the attacks in question; it is visible on CNN but is to look only at the morale well hooked, as the details are believed and the deaths numerous.
On July 23, the Institute for the Study of War, one of the organizations with the most followed and respected analyses, had noted the installation on the coastal strip of Dzharylhach, located on the Black Sea and about 70 kilometers from the city of Kherson, of important Russian bases, in which Moscow placed troops in need of care or training.
Euromaidan Press explains that intelligence provided by a Ukrainian reconnaissance drone led to this attack, once again raising the question of the weakness of Russian air defenses.
“The operator discovered that Russian forces felt safe in this remote base, more than 85 kilometers from the line of contact, on the other side of the Kherson region,” the Ukrainian media wrote.
“Although a trench was dug along the shore, no one expected an amphibious assault in this area, which caused Russian forces to accumulate trucks and equipment for all to see,” the publication continues. Who then explains that the fatal mistake was to gather the soldiers in the wee hours of the morning, believing them safe from any attack.
A mistake reminiscent of another, in June, when dozens of Russian soldiers had in the same way been killed by a HIMARS strike, while they were waiting near Kreminna for a high-ranking officer, late to serve them a speech.
In occupied zones, Ukrainian resistance in action
The Kyiv Post,who also echoed this attack, the exact date of which is not yet known, said that the information provided by the Ukrainian resistance forces, on the Russian and occupied side of the battlefield, was useful in the preparation of this coup on Dzharylhach, as they affirmed on Facebook
The importance in this conflict of these shadow troops, active throughout the occupied territories, cannot be ignored. As franceinfo explained, for example, in November 2022, the Ukrainian resistance very regularly carries out acts of sabotage of primary importance against Russian logistical objectives, or provide precise information for precise strikes in depth, which contributes to wearing down the morale and military capabilities of the occupying forces.
More recently and as explained Newsweek, it is in occupied Crimea that the activity of these Ukrainian resistance fighters has grown, making the intelligence services says Kiev, le GUR, qu’une forme de second front était en train de s’ouvrir pour Moscou dans une péninsule désormais bien isolée.
Jason Jay Smart, a specialist in post-Soviet affairs, told the American magazine that Crimea “was not a bastion of pro-Russian supporters, as Moscow would have the world believe.”“The reality is that there are plenty of guys out there who oppose the Russian occupation, and who are beginning to realize that the time for liberation is approaching, so who want to take their part in the expulsion of foreign military force,” Smart continues. In Dzharylhach, it was rather hasty.