Ukraine's military chief claims responsibility for attacks in Crimea

The commander-in-chief of Ukraine's armed forces has claimed responsibility for last month's explosions at Russian military bases in Crimea.

General Valerii Zaluzhnyi made the comment in an article published on Wednesday by Ukraine's state news agency.

In the article, Zaluzhnyi admitted that Ukrainian forces were responsible for missile attacks on Russian air bases, including one on the Saky airfield in Crimea on August 9.

A number of Russian military aircraft were destroyed in the explosions. This is believed to have degraded the aviation capability of Russian forces.

Zaluzhnyi also warned of the threat of the use of tactical nuclear weapons by Russia, saying it would create the risk of a limited nuclear conflict with other powers.

He has stressed the importance of recapturing Crimea, saying the region annexed by Moscow serves as a base for Russian forces to deploy and replenish troops and to conduct airstrikes.

Zaluzhnyi is calling on Western countries to provide his forces with long-range weapons.