Russian commander claimed by Kyiv being ‘killed’ appears in conference

MOSCOW: Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Viktor Sokolov, who was reported by Ukrainian special forces to have been killed, appeared in a video conference the day after the alleged attack.
The Russian Defence Ministry released video footage and photographs showing Sokolov participating in a video conference alongside Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other high-ranking military officials. This display of Sokolov’s presence was aired on Russian state television.
Ukraine’s special forces had claimed responsibility for the supposed killing of Sokolov, who held a prominent position as Moscow’s top admiral in Crimea. The alleged incident occurred during a missile strike targeting the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the port of Sevastopol.
Prior to the release of this video, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov had refrained from commenting on the Ukrainian claim and directed reporters to the Russian defence ministry for information.
During the video conference, Defence Minister Shoigu mentioned that over 17,000 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed in September, and more than 2,700 weapons, including American Bradley fighting vehicles, had been destroyed. –Agencies