Vladimir Putin has moved submarines away from Crimea after Ukrainian attacks, says UK

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British defense chiefs said on Tuesday that Vladimir Putin’s naval commanders have moved submarines away from Crimea following Ukraine’s attacks on the peninsula.

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He argued that the Russian president’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 was partly to ensure a base for his Black Sea Fleet, but that purpose was now undermined.

In its latest intelligence update, the Defense Ministry in London said: “The command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has almost certainly moved its KILO-class submarines from its home port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia.” have make.

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“This is highly likely due to the recent change in the level of local security threats due to increased Ukrainian long-range strike capability. Fleet Headquarters and its main naval aviation airfield have been attacked in the past two months.

“The guarantee of the Black Sea Fleet’s Crimean base was one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations to annex the peninsula in 2014. Base security is now directly undermined by Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine.”

Britain, the US, Ukraine and other allies are waging an information war against the Kremlin, so their briefings need to be treated with caution, however, they are often far more credible than the propaganda being issued from Moscow. .

In the latest update from the frontline, Ukraine said its troops had marched east into an area recently occupied by Russia, paving the way for a possible attack on Moscow’s occupying forces in the eastern industrial Donbass region as Kiev becomes more vulnerable. Looking for western weapons.

Provincial governor Serhi Gaidai said Ukraine’s armed forces had recaptured the village of Bilohorivka and were preparing to take back Luhansk province from Russian occupiers.

The village is only 10 km (6 mi) west of the city of Lysychansk, which fell to the Russians in July after weeks of fighting at the Grind.

“The occupiers are clearly in a panic,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a televised address late Monday, adding that he was now focusing on “speeding up” in the liberated areas.

He also emphasized that investigators have discovered new evidence of torture used against some Ukrainian soldiers buried near Izium in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

The Kremlin dismissed allegations that the Russian military had “falsified” war crimes in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region.

Moscow routinely denies committing war atrocities or intentionally attacking civilians, although numerous reports, photographs and video footage from the frontline undermine this stance.

Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company Energoatom said Russian forces attacked the Pivdnoukrainsk nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s southern Mykolaiv region, but its reactors were not damaged and are operating normally.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Liz Truss said the UK would meet or exceed the £2.3 billion in military aid spent on Ukraine next year in 2022.

According to government sources, Britain’s military support is likely to include equipment such as the Multiple Launch Rocket System.

The Defense Ministry said that Germany would supply four more Panzer Howitzer 2000 tanks to Ukraine along with additional ammunition packages. Ukraine has urged the West to increase military aid to help turn the tide of the war against Russia.

Mr Zelensky has indicated he will use a video address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to call on countries to accelerate arms and aid delivery.


Source: www.standard.co.uk

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