The Russian admiral who Ukraine claimed to have killed in a strike on Crimea last week has appeared in a video interview posted by a Russian military channel Wednesday.
Viktor Sokolov, the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, appeared in a video posted by Zvezda News, the media outlet of the Russian military on Telegram.
CNN cannot verify the date the interview was carried out and there are few details within the interview that reveal its time or location.
It was released the day after the Russian defense ministry posted a video of a meeting which appeared to include Sokolov attending via videoconference.
In the latest video, Sokolov says: “The Black Sea Fleet is carrying out the tasks set by the command confidently and successfully.”
“As you know, the heroic deed of our Marines practically never leave the screen of central television,” he continued.
He also refers to the ‘Order of Ushakov’ award given to Russia’s 810th Marine Brigade. This award was given on August 29th, according to the Governor of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhaev.
Some context: Kyiv claimed on Monday it killed Sokolov, the commander of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, in an attack on the fleet’s headquarters in occupied Crimea last Friday. Ukraine's Special Operations Forces later said their units were still "clarifying" whether or not he was among the dead.
The Kremlin on Tuesday refused to confirm whether or not Sokolov was alive.