Ukrainian strikes on Crimea are having major psychological and operational effects on Moscow’s forces, Western officials have told journalists.
Explosions at the Saki airbase on 9 August and other assaults have put more than half of the Black Sea fleet’s naval jets out of action, they said.
The fleet has a revered history, but it has suffered a series of humiliations since the invasion began in February.
“This has been 11 days which has seen Crimea destabilised in a way few predicted,” says BBC’s Ukraine Correspondent James Waterhouse.
Following the most recent attacks this month, scores of Russian holidaymakers were seen fleeing the peninsula, which was previously untouched by fighting.
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