Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Viktor Sokolov, “killed” by a Ukrainian missile, appeared on Russian TV channels for the second time in the past 24 hours.
The beginning was made yesterday when footage of a video conference in which he participated along with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other senior army and navy officers leaked online. In the footage published by the Russian Ministry of Defense in its telegram channel, it is clear that Sokolov is present at the meeting. Thus, it was proven that the information of the Ukrainian Armed Forces about the death of the commander was false.
‼️🇷🇺"Les forces de surface, les forces sous-marines, l'aéronavale et les troupes côtières accomplissent avec succès leurs missions", – Commandant de la flotte de la mer Noire
L'amiral Viktor Sokolov, "enterré" par la propagande ukrainienne, a parlé du travail de la flotte. /TK… pic.twitter.com/Wth6QNmh1c
— Stratpol (@stratpol_site) September 27, 2023
The admiral was captured by television cameras for the second time during an interview with the Zvezda TV channel.
“Surface forces, submarine forces, naval aviation and coastal troops successfully carry out their assigned tasks,” the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Admiral Viktor Sokolov, “buried” by Ukrainian propaganda, spoke about the work of the fleet /TK Zvezda/. In turn, we would like to see a filmed interview with General Zaluzhny, who has not given it since May last year, writes the author of the video.
According to representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Sokolov died on September 22 during an attack on the headquarters Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. However, judging by the video, this is not true. Also, the command of the special operations forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported that another 33 officers were allegedly killed as a result of a missile hitting the headquarters.
Now the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces say they are verifying the information. In Russia, there is no official comment on the fate of the admiral. The Ministry of Defense confirmed the death of one serviceman after a missile attack on the fleet headquarters; the Kremlin declined to comment, referring the question to the military.
It is worth noting that the intelligence services of Russia and Ukraine are actively trolling each other with similar situations. Therefore, journalists often find themselves in a difficult situation when the parties officially declare the death of their enemies, but later the information is not confirmed.