War in Ukraine, the Russian fleet in the Black Sea has not yet fallen

Recent attacks on the Russian Black Sea Fleet, including the missile attack that killed its leader, Viktor Sokolov, have reduced its strength and potential, without depriving it of the ability to perform the tasks it is called upon to perform. in time of war. This was written by the Ministry of Defense in London, which updated the British intelligence report on the situation of the war in Ukraine on X (formerly Twitter). «The Russian Black Sea Fleet – we read in the bulletin – has suffered a series of serious attacks in recent weeks, culminating in those launched against its headquarters on 20 and 22 September 2023. These attacks were more damaging than ever before now and the physical damage is serious, even if localized. The fleet almost certainly remains capable of carrying out its primary warfare missions, such as cruise missile strikes and local security patrols.”

«However, it is likely – the report continues – that its ability to continue expanding regional security patrols and imposing a de facto blockade of Ukrainian ports will be reduced. It probably also has a reduced capacity to defend its assets in port. A dynamic battle is underway in the Black Sea. This will likely force Russia to take a reactive stance.” The analysis highlights how recent attacks have also served to undermine the Kremlin’s influence in one of the ports it has direct control over in the occupied territory, Sevastopol. It is a crucial moment in the conflict.

Source: IL Tempo

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