In a daring missile attack that sent shockwaves through the region, Ukraine targeted the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Crimea on Friday.

The attack, which resulted in a serviceman’s mysterious disappearance and extensive damage to the main building, has further raised tensions between the two warring nations. Here’s what we know so far.

The Russian Defense Ministry initially reported one servicemember killed in the attack but later issued a subsequent statement indicating that the individual was missing.

The incident unfolded in the port city of Sevastopol, located on the Crimean Peninsula, a region that Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Crimea has remained a focal point of conflict since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine nearly 19 months ago. The peninsula has served as a crucial hub for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, with Sevastopol, the main base of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, playing a pivotal role in naval operations throughout the conflict.

Ukraine’s Targeted Strikes in Crimea

According to reports, recent weeks have witnessed a surge in Ukrainian attacks on naval facilities in Crimea. This escalation coincides with Ukraine’s summer counteroffensive, which is gradually making headway in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Military experts emphasize the importance of Ukraine’s sustained long-range attacks on Russian military assets in Crimea, as this strategy aims to erode enemy morale and weaken Russian forces.