The UK intelligence services assured this Tuesday that Russia would have relocated its KILO-class submarines from their home port of Sevastopol in Crimeatowards the city of Novorosíisk, in the south of Russia, a movement that could be due to the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the east of the country.
“Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Command has almost certainly relocated its KILO-class submarines from their home port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai in southern Russia.” British Ministry of Defense in a statement.
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UK Intelligence has maintained that this transfer it is most likely due to the “recent change in threat level” to local security in the face of long-range Ukrainian attack capabilities.
“For the past two months, the fleet headquarters and its main naval aviation airfield have been attacked. Securing the base of the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea was probably one of the motivations of Russian President Vladimir Putin. to annex the peninsula in 2014“, have indicated the services of Intelligence of the United Kingdom.
However, they have detailed that the security of the Russian base in Crimea has been seen “directly undermined by continued Russian aggression against Ukraine”.