Lrussia has withdrawn its Kilo-class submarines from the port of Sevastopol in the southwest of the Crimean peninsula, possibly due to the Ukrainian counteroffensive, according to a British intelligence report.
Black Sea Fleet ships have been moved to the port of Novorossiysk in southern Russia, the Ministry of Defense in London added in its daily update on the war in Ukraine on Tuesday.
Ukraine’s ability to attack from a greater distance, changing the level of security in Crimea, is undoubtedly the cause of this retreat, points out London, specifying that “over the past two months, the headquarters of the fleet and its main airfield were attacked”.
The ministry stressed that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 was aimed at ensuring the security of the Black Sea Fleet. “Base security is now directly undermined by Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine,” he noted.
The British Ministry of Defense has published daily information on the progress of the war in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion in late February, citing intelligence information.
The British government thus wants to both counter the Russian narrative and keep its allies informed. Moscow accuses London of carrying out a targeted disinformation campaign.