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UK intel: Russian high-value vessels redeploy from Sevastopol due to Ukrainian strikes

Ukrainian strikes on occupied Crimea’s Sevastopol naval base compel Russian high-value vessels to use alternative ports, demonstrating Ukraine’s success in reducing the Black Sea Fleet’s ability to project power in the region, per UK intelligence.
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Yamal landing ship of Russian Black Sea Fleet. Credit: Defense Express
UK intel: Russian high-value vessels redeploy from Sevastopol due to Ukrainian strikes

In its March 29 intelligence update, the UK Defense Ministry says recent Ukrainian strikes in Crimea have had a significant impact on Russian naval operations, forcing vessels of higher value to redeploy to alternative port facilities further east. The UK Defense Ministry’s report on 29 March 2024 highlighted this shift, emphasizing Ukraine’s success in diminishing the Black Sea Fleet’s ability to project power in the region.

The Ministry wrote:

  • The Ukrainian Air Force carried out a number of strikes throughout Crimea on 24 March 2024. One of the targets was the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) Communications Centre, located in Sevastopol, Crimea.
  • Analysis of imagery identified one building had been structurally damaged, including a partial roof collapse, and two additional buildings had suffered blast damage. Two Ropucha-class landing ships, tanks and one Yury lvanov-class intelligence ship were also damaged in the strikes.
  • Due to strikes of this nature, Russian vessels of a higher value, which would ordinarily use port infrastructure in Sevastopol, have been forced to deploy to alternative port facilities further east. Despite Russia’s attempts to limit its losses, Ukraine continues to demonstrate success in diminishing the Black Sea Fleet’s ability to project power in the region.

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