Mark Galeotti Mark Galeotti

Ukraine’s Crimea strike is a warning shot to Putin

Vladimir Putin (Credit: Getty images)

Admiral Viktor Sokolov, commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, appears to be Schrodinger’s admiral, alive according to Moscow, dead according to Kyiv, with no clarity as to who may be right. The real significance of the missile strike on his headquarters, though, is not so much whether it did kill him, but what it says about Ukrainian goals and capabilities.

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