The commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, whom Ukraine claimed to have killed in a recent missile strike, has appeared in a video released by the Russian defence ministry.
Ukrainian special forces said yesterday that Viktor Sokolov, Moscow’s top admiral in Crimea, had been killed in an attack on Sevastopol last week.
The strike is also thought to have left two Russian commanders, Col Gen Alexander Romanchuk and Lt Gen Oleg Tsekov, in a serious condition.
While the Kremlin has declined to comment on the claim, the defence ministry on Tuesday published footage of Sokolov apparently attending a conference with other military chiefs via video link.
The admiral was only shown for a few seconds at a time and did not speak in the footage distributed by state news agencies. In one shot, he seemed to be asleep.
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