A Blog by Jonathan Low


Jun 2, 2024

How Ukrainian Attacks Are Making Crimea Unusable As Base For Russians

The Ukrainians are systematically dismantling Russian air defenses, logistics connections, naval anchorages, supply bases and troop training grounds on Crimea. 

The result has degraded the military functionality of the peninsula for occupying Russian forces and raises questions about the long term viability of Russian control. JL 

Veronika Melkozerova reports in Politico:

Ukraine is making it increasingly difficult for Russia to hang on to illegally annexed Crimea thanks to an ongoing campaign that's targeting air defenses, rail links and water connections. Besides targeting logistics, Ukrainians have used marine drones and coastal missiles to destroy or damage at least 27 Russian warships and one submarine. Kyiv has also attacked Russian airfields and naval bases, forcing Moscow to move its fleet east along the Black Sea coast to the Russian port of Novorossiysk. "Modern Russian air defenses proved powerless against missiles and unmanned systems and could not protect important facilities used for logistics and supply of the Russian army.”



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