The British Ministry of Defense said the submarines were “almost certainly” moving due to Moscow’s fears they were hit.
Moscow may have moved its Kilo-class submarines from Crimean peninsula to southern Russia because of fears that they would be attacked by long-range Ukrainian fire, according to British intelligence.
During a daily briefing on Tuesday, the UK Ministry of Defense said those submarines were “almost certainly” moved to Krasnodar Krai in mainland Russia, rather than the naval base at Sevastopol. on the Crimean peninsula.
“This is highly likely due to the recent change in local security threat levels in the face of an increased Ukrainian long-range strike capability,” the UK ministry said. “Over the past two months, its fleet headquarters and main naval airfield have been attacked.”
Furthermore, the ministry said that “securing” the Crimean base of the Black Sea Fleet was one of the “motivations for the annexation” of the peninsula by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2014.
“Base security has now been directly undermined by Russia’s continued aggression towards Ukraine,” it added.
Latest Defense Intelligence Update on the situation in Ukraine – September 20, 2022
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Moscow considers Crimea to be Russian territory, but the peninsula is internationally recognized as part of Ukraine and wants it back.
The Ukrainian counteroffensive, which began on September 6, caught Russia by surprise, both in terms of the speed and dynamism of its attacks.
Kyiv’s forces swept through the Kharkiv region this month after overrunning the front lines, sending thousands of Russian troops fleeing while leaving their tanks and ammunition behind.
Russia’s losses over the past few weeks have shaken a Kremlin public relations campaign that has never moved beyond the boundaries of the past seven months.”special military operations“is” going to make a plan.
Officially, Russia announced that it would move some troops out of the Kharkiv region to regroup elsewhere. But the damage is being publicly acknowledged by local commentators on state television by local commentators calling for escalation.
Putin promised to continue, recently warning of a “more serious” military response to Ukraine’s “terrorist acts”.