World: Zelenskyy tells officials to stop telling the media about Ukraine's tactics after attack in Crimea wiped out Russian planes

Mysterious explosions that rocked a Russian military base suggest Russian positions far behind the front lines are no longer safe, officials and experts say

  Mysterious explosions that rocked a Russian military base suggest Russian positions far behind the front lines are no longer safe, officials and experts say "The psychological impact of this is much larger" than the damage to the base and the loss of aircraft, one expert told Insider.Russia now has over 130,000 troops, as well as a significant amount of weaponry and other hardware, in positions around Ukraine. Though Russia has denied having plans to attack, many in the West remain skeptical. Russia has troops in Belarus, western Russia, and Crimea.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy seen on March 10, 2022. Office of the President of Ukraine © Office of the President of Ukraine Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy seen on March 10, 2022. Office of the President of Ukraine
  • Zelenskyy blasted talkative officials who gave details of its military tactics to media outlets.
  • It followed an audacious attack on Russian plans in Crimea, far beyond the front line.
  • Ukraine didn't formally take credit, but numerous officials gave details about it to the media.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy aimed a sharp message at his senior officials on Thursday, telling them to stop leaking information about Ukraine's war tactics.

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During his evening address, Zelenskyy said it was "frankly irresponsible" to give out details of military operations to the media.

The reprimand came after several unnamed Ukrainian officials spoke to news outlets about a surprise strike in Russia-occupied Crimea on Tuesday.

As many as 13 Russian warplanes were destroyed at Saki naval airbase in a strike that highlighted major gaps in Russia's air defense systems.

Ukraine did not formally claim responsibility, while Russia downplayed the damage and attempted to attribute it to an accidental explosion.

A satellite image shows destroyed Saki air base in Crimea, August 10, 2022. Planet Labs PBC/Handout via REUTERS © Planet Labs PBC/Handout via REUTERS A satellite image shows destroyed Saki air base in Crimea, August 10, 2022. Planet Labs PBC/Handout via REUTERS

Nonetheless, reports in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, and The New York Times cited unnamed Ukrainian officials who said Ukraine had indeed carried out the attack.

Soon after, aerial photos from satellite-imaging companies showed damage in multiple spots, confirming extensive damage and disproving Russia's explanation.

In Thursday's address, Zelenskyy said the people giving out such information were more interested in glory than victory.

"The general rule is simple: war is definitely not the time for vanity and loud statements. The less concrete details you give about our defense plans, the better it will be for the implementation of those defence plans," he said.

"Those who want to see Ukraine win the war, rather than prompt big headlines should feel responsibility for every word you say about our state's preparation for defence or counteroffensive," he said.

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