President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine admonished authorities on Thursday to avoid discussing Kyiv's military operations against Russia with the media, deeming such comments "frankly irresponsible."
Tuesday's explosions that destroyed a Russian air base in Crimea were attributed to Ukrainian forces, according to anonymous authorities reported by the New York Times and the Washington Post. The Kyiv government, on the other hand, refused to comment on whether it was responsible for the blasts.
"War is certainly not the time for vainglory and boasting. The less information you provide about our defense plans, the better it will be for the execution of those plans "Zelensky remarked in an evening address.
"If you want to make attention-grabbing headlines, that's one thing, but it's irresponsible. If you desire success for Ukraine, however, that is a different matter, and you should be conscious of your duty for every word you speak regarding our nation's defense or counterattack preparations."
Separately, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar stated that security agencies had begun investigating one of the situations in which officials had spoken with the media.
She stated on Facebook, "A leak like this disrupts the plans of the Ukrainian armed forces since the enemy adjusts its actions and uses this information against us,"
A satellite company's images revealed three nearly identical craters where buildings on the Russian air base had been struck. At least eight destroyed jets' charred remains were evident.
Zelensky directed his words at governmental, local, and military leaders and other individuals who, according to him, were commenting on the front's happenings.
Citing their inability to hunt out Russian agents, he removed an old buddy as head of the security agency and an ally as the top prosecutor in Kyiv's most significant internal wartime purge last month.