Ukraine strikes key Russian supply routes, oil depot in escalated attacks

In a significant blow, Ukraine’s military said it used Neptune missiles overnight to hit an oil depot in Port Kavkaz, a key maritime transit point in Russia’s Krasnodar region near the Kerch Strait linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov.

Ukrainian forces have conducted a series of strikes against Russian logistics hubs and fuel supplies in the latest escalation of their counteroffensive, military officials reported.

In a significant blow, Ukraine’s military said it used Neptune missiles overnight to hit an oil depot in Port Kavkaz, a key maritime transit point in Russia’s Krasnodar region near the Kerch Strait linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov. Explosions at the targeted oil storage facility were confirmed.

The attack came just a day after Ukraine struck a ferry crossing at the Kerch Strait port on the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula using U.S.-supplied ATACMS missiles. The dual strikes aim to sever crucial Russian resupply routes into Crimea.

Russian authorities claimed there were multiple casualties among oil depot workers, but details remain unclear. The scope of damage is still being investigated by Ukraine’s military and intelligence agencies like the SBU security service which coordinated the attacks.

The escalating strikes suggest a new Ukrainian strategy of taking the war into Russian territory to degrade Moscow’s logistics and energy supplies for its ongoing invasion. It marks some of the deepest attacks inside Russia since it launched its full-scale war in February 2022.

The Port Kavkaz oil depot reportedly stored fuel intended for transfer into Russian-occupied Crimea. Meanwhile, the Kerch Strait crossings had allowed Moscow to ferry military hardware and supplies from mainland Russia to fortify its foothold in Crimea.

By crippling these maritime resupply lines, Kyiv hopes to undermine Russia’s capacity to reinforce its troops and replenish dwindling munitions as Ukraine prepares for a spring counteroffensive to retake occupied land.

Though the attacks’ full impact remains to be seen, they signal Ukraine is rapidly modernizing its long-range strike capabilities – a major cause for concern in Moscow.