THIS is the moment when top Ukrainian forces land deep in Crimea to blow up Vladimir Putin’s defenses in a daring special ops attack.
SAS-like soldiers staged a bold landing in the annexed region under cover of darkness early Thursday morning.
Kiev military intelligence boasted that all goals had been “accomplished” after commandos entered Cape Tarhankut.
According to reports, Volodymyr Zelenskyi’s men used both boats and planes to ambush Russian forces in the south-west of the peninsula.
Locals reported hearing explosions near the village of Mayak.
“The goals have been achieved,” said HUR agency spokesman Andriy Yusov, but gave no further details.
However, he hinted that a special operation was underway.
It has been speculated that Russian radar stations Nebo-M and Kasta-2E2 may have been the targets of the surprise Ukrainian attack.
The troops reportedly arrived in Crimea around 3:50 a.m., with a soldier sharing footage that appeared to show their dramatic entry.
Video shared on social media shows a small boat hurtling across the waves before sunrise before the camera pans to a mounted machine gun.
Russian sources suspected at least ten people had arrived in two inflatable boats before allegedly shooting at a campsite.
Some Kremlin insiders claimed that the Ukrainian special forces were “destroyed,” but there is no official confirmation of this.
The allegations were denied even by pro-war Moscow broadcasters.
According to reports, the special operation was carried out jointly with the Ukrainian Navy. Kiev said there were no injuries.
However, according to online reports, the Russians have lost both personnel and equipment, although this has not yet been confirmed.
The recent raid on Crimea will be a major blow to Putin, who has controlled the region since 2014 when his forces annexed the Black Sea Peninsula.
He built anti-tank traps and barricades on beaches in April to ward off Ukrainian troops, fearing they might be snatched from him.
Crime has become a major bone of contention during the war, and Ukraine now appears to be exploiting Russia’s concerns.
The head of the Ukrainian military intelligence service, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, had previously hinted at an operation in Crimea.
The location of the latest mission is said to be close to where Ukraine destroyed a Russian S-400 air defense system just a day earlier.
Dramatic aerial footage showed a massive explosion erupting as the attack burned key machinery.
The S-400 can combat aircraft and cruise missiles, and has ballistic missile defense capabilities.
The system is a four-vehicle surveillance and missile launch system.
It features a long-range surveillance radar vehicle, a command vehicle, an emergency radar vehicle, and a launch vehicle.
The radar tracks a potential target and relays information to the command vehicle. A target is then identified and missiles are fired.