The Russian naval headquarters in Sevastopol is one of Moscow’s most important bases.
Russian-occupied Crimea is increasingly under attack by Ukraine.
The area annexed by Moscow nine years ago is now an active front in the war between the two neighbors.
Once seen as a fortress of Moscow’s military might, Sevastopol has demonstrated with this latest attack that Ukraine is capable of reaching targets far beyond the front lines.
There is speculation that British or French missiles helped Ukraine carry out a direct hit on the Russian naval headquarters – one of Moscow’s most important bases – on Friday.
So why is Crimea so important to both sides in this conflict?
Presenter: Laura Kyle
Andrey Baklanov – Vice Chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats
Domitilla Sagramoso – Senior Lecturer in Security and Development at King’s College London
Michael Bociurkiw – Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council