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British intel: Russia “almost certainly” to launch strikes on Ukraine from the eastern Black Sea 

Russian black sea fleet HQ in occupied Crimea
Russian Black Sea fleet HQ in occupied Sevastopol after a missile strike. Photo: telegram Крым реалии
British intel: Russia “almost certainly” to launch strikes on Ukraine from the eastern Black Sea 

According to the new update from the UK Defense Ministry, risks of further military losses and the dire political consequences of Russian naval forces overtly attacking merchant shipping would highly likely outweigh any gain from attempting to enforce a blockade of Ukrainian-bound trade.

“Since suffering a series of strikes in August and September, the Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) has highly likely doubled down on its defensive and reactive posture. It has relocated many of its prestige assets – including cruise missile capable ships and submarines – from Sevastopol to operating and basing areas further east, such as Novorossiysk,” says British Intelligence. 

The report reads that Ukraine has gained the initiative in the northwest Black Sea, forcing the powerful BSF to defend itself from uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), uncrewed air vehicles (UAVs) and missile attacks as well as special operations.

However, the update indicates that “with notable and embarrassing exceptions,” the BSF has mostly continued to train, maintain and defend itself whilst launching cruise missiles into Ukraine.

“It can almost certainly continue to do so from the eastern Black Sea.” 

“Despite the BSF’s largely intact capabilities, there is only a realistic possibility of it using its conventional superiority in firepower to seize the initiative in the Western Black Sea,” the report concludes. 

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