Ukrainian Defense Intelligence (DI) has released a video purporting to show an amphibious raid on the coast of Russian-occupied Crimea, as Russian state media claimed a Ukrainian "saboteur" had been captured.
In a brief statement posted to Telegram, DI wrote that Ukrainian Special Forces "landed on the territory of the Crimean peninsula and inflicted fire on the Moscow occupiers!"
The date and time of the attack were not disclosed. The last such operation publicized by the Ukrainian military was in August.
The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported Wednesday that video of an interrogation of a Ukrainian saboteur captured in Crimea had been released by the Russian security service, the FSB.
"A Ukrainian saboteur captured in Crimea said that the group consisted of 16 people, was supposed to put up a flag and demonstrate the entry of the [Defense Intelligence] into Crimea," the agency reported.
It said that "Russian air force aircraft foiled another attempt by the Ukrainian armed forces to land a landing force near Cape Tarkhankut in Crimea from three jet skis and one speedboat in the northwestern part of the Black Sea."
"The footage published by the FSB shows one of the hydro-cycles with automatic rifles and ammunition on board," used in the raid, "as well as the interrogation of the captured saboteur," RIA Novosti said.
RIA named the captive as a member of Ukrainian DI. It said he had told interrogators that the purpose of the landing was to put up the Ukrainian flag.
Ukraine claims losses on both sides: Andriy Yusov, the spokesperson for Ukrainian Defense Intelligence, acknowledged there were Ukrainian losses during the raid.
Yusov told Ukrainian media outlet RBC that DI fighters "had a fierce battle in the occupied Crimea. The Russians suffered significant losses, and our groups have already returned from the special operation."
Yusov said it had been a sabotage and reconnaissance operation.
"Unfortunately, there are also losses among our special forces, but they are not commensurate with the Russians," Yusov said.
"It is not possible without losses. This is, in particular, the price for the fact that Ukraine surrendered Crimea in 2014 without a fight. Ukraine will definitely return Crimea and all the occupied territories," Yusov asserted.