Putin Betrayed His Men: Did They Sell Secrets to Ukraine and Doom the Black Sea Navy?

In late September, Ukraine missiles tore through Russian Black Sea Navy headquarters in Crimea. Russian leaders may have their own jilted officers to blame for the attack. Here is the full story.

Deadly Missile Attack

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On September 22, Ukraine launched a deadly missile attack on the Russian Black Sea Navy at their headquarters on the Crimean Peninsula.

A Heavy Toll

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The toll was heavy, with massive damage to the building taking a backseat to a reported 34 Russian soldiers killed and 105 more hurt in the blasts.

Their Leader Is Gone

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Among those lost, according to the Ukrainian military, was Admiral Viktor Sokolov.

He was the commander of the Black Sea Fleet.

Ukraine Knew the Score

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Ukraine also let the world in on a bit more information about their attack.

In particular, their timing was very intentional because they knew Russian leaders would be meeting at Black Sea HQ that day.

A Burning Question

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And how did the Ukraine military know precisely what Russian leadership was up to?

Look in the Mirror, Vladimir

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Well, it seems Russia has itself to blame for that one, at least if you believe reports coming from the Ukraine side of the battle.

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

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As reported in the Kyiv Post, Ukraine resistance fighters revealed that they had learned sensitive information about the Black Sea Fleet directly from high-ranking Russian military personnel.

Soldiers Fighting for Free

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According to the Post story, Moscow had fallen behind in paying the Russian soldiers’ salaries.

As the men grew more frustrated with the lack of payment, they also became more vulnerable.

Money Talks

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The resistance fighters told the Post that the Russian soldiers were paid for information about the Black Sea Fleet.

The Ukraine forces passed that intel up to their leadership.

Just the Latest

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The end result was the deadly attack on the Black Sea Fleet that was just the latest in a series of assaults on key Russian strongholds in Crimea.

Plenty of Strategic Hits

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In the weeks leading up to the HQ missile strike, a Black Fleet air base and command post were hit, along with a shipyard in Sevastopol.

More Russian Lives Lost

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That shipyard attack killed dozens of Russian military personnel, according to Ukrainian sources.

They’re Teaming Up

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The fortified efforts to oust Russia from Crimea is aided by the growing strength of ATESH, a collaboration between Ukrainians and Tatars in the area to retake the peninsula.

They Have Insiders

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And now, it seems, ATESH has an inside track to the sort of vital information that can accelerate their plans.

Non-payment Was the Last Straw

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A spokesperson for ATESH says that Russian soldiers have been toying with the idea of supplying intel for a while.

But the lack of payment from their own military pushed them over the edge.

Cash for Cooperation

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And when Ukraine offers to fill the gap, “the financial reward only helps them to decide on cooperation with the ATESH movement,” says the spokesperson.

Not Done Yet

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As for the higher-ups in Ukraine, they have a stark message for Russia: they won’t stop until Vladimir Putin is pushed off the peninsula.

Liberation Is the Only Goal

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 According to Mykhailo Podolyak, one of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s advisors, “Crimea will definitely be demilitarized and liberated.” 

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