Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov appears in video conference despite Ukrainian claims of his death
The commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet joined a video conference despite Ukrainian Special Forces claimed to have killed him.
Moscow: In a startling turn of events, Viktor Sokolov, a distinguished navy officer and the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, was pictured actively participating in a video conference on Tuesday, just a day after Ukrainian Special Forces claimed to have killed him in a missile strike.
The attack reportedly targeted the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the port of Sevastopol, resulting in the alleged demise of Sokolov and 33 other officers, as asserted by Ukrainian forces.
However, the Russian defense ministry released a photograph that showcased Sokolov engaging in a video conference with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other high-ranking admirals and army chiefs.
This development raises questions about the accuracy of Ukraine’s claims regarding the demise of Viktor Sokolov.
The situation further underscores the ongoing tensions in the region, particularly concerning Crimea, where Sokolov holds a prominent position as Moscow’s top admiral. The conflicting reports regarding his status add a layer of complexity to the already strained relations between Russia and Ukraine.