Strategic movements of the Russian fleet from Crimea

10 April 2024 1 minute Author: Newsman

OSINT researcher M.T. Andersson, using the analysis of satellite images, confirmed a significant movement of Russian warships from Crimea to Novorossiysk, which indicates major changes in the location of the fleet.

An examination of satellite imagery revealed that almost all warships had been re-based from occupied Crimea to Novorossiysk, leaving only smaller vessels such as missile boats, patrol ships and minesweepers in the ports of Sevastopol and Feodosia. The largest of the abandoned ships are the Kryvak-type patrol ships. Andersson also notes the presence of a large number of large Russian amphibious ships in Sevastopol, although their status remains unclear.

The movement of warships reflects potential strategic changes or responses to threats. Russia’s military presence in Crimea and its navy have been the subject of considerable attention since the annexation of the peninsula in 2014. According to Andersson, the movement of the fleet may indicate a change in tactics or preparation for possible conflicts. The situation with the large amphibious ships damaged by the attacks points to the current risks for the Russian Navy.

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