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Ukrainian forces have not officially claimed responsibility for the explosions in Crimea, the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War reports.

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The New York Times reported that an anonymous senior Ukrainian official told the publication that the blasts around Jankoi were organized by an "elite Ukrainian unit operating behind enemy lines," but no Ukrainian official has announced that Ukraine is claiming responsibility. for them.

The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement calling the explosions "the result of sabotage".

According to the institute, a Ukrainian strike on logistics targets in Crimea, which is a sovereign territory of Ukraine, would not violate Kyiv's commitments to its Western partners on the use of Western-supplied weapons on Ukrainian territory, or the US position on Ukraine's right to use force to regain territories, including areas captured by Russia in 2014.

ISW: Ukraine behind strikes in Crimea

There is no indication that Ukrainian forces have used US-supplied weapons in the latest strikes in Crimea, and it is unlikely that they have since the targets are well beyond the range of Washington-supplied systems, analysts said.

Attacks on Russian positions in and around Crimea are likely part of Ukraine's overall counter-offensive to regain control of the west bank of the Dnieper River.

The Kremlin continues its efforts to conceal its allegedly maximalist goals in Ukraine.

The Institute for the Study of War believes that Russia's strategic goals remain unchanged: regime change in Kyiv and control of most of the territory of Ukraine.

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