Hot: 20 Russian warships and submarines are gathering in the Black Sea
Information about the presence of Russian ships in the Black Sea was revealed by the MoD in an intelligence update posted on Twitter on the morning of April 28. Specifically, the ministry stated: “About 20 ships of the Russian Navy are currently in the operational area of the Black Sea, including submarines.”
The MoD warned that the concentration of ships in the Black Sea could pose a serious threat to Ukraine. “Despite the losses to the amphibious assault ship Saratov and the cruiser Moskva, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is still capable of striking coastal and Ukrainian targets,” the ministry said.
The intelligence update comes after British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced the Kremlin had suffered heavy losses since the start of its special military operation in Ukraine on February 24. According to the MoD, about 15,000 Russian soldiers were killed.
Wallace said that about 2,000 Russian armored vehicles were destroyed or seized, including 530 tanks and more than 60 helicopters, fighter jets…
Russia also lost a number of high-ranking military officials, which Ukraine says has 36 colonels and eight generals since the fighting began.
Russia’s top missile cruiser, Moskva, has sunk in the Black Sea. The Kremlin explained that the Moscow ship sank because the ammunition on board exploded due to an unknown fire.
Meanwhile, the Kiev side argued that they attacked the ship with a missile.
More recently, the Kremlin has deployed trained military dolphins at a naval base in the Black Sea, according to the US Naval Institute. It is thought that the use of dolphins could help protect the fleet from underwater attacks.
Russia is also applying non-military pressure on Western nations, including cutting off energy supplies to Poland and Bulgaria after the two countries refused to pay in rubles.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced the move as “extortion”, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the move showed Russia was an “unreliable” energy partner. .
Speaking to CNN earlier this week about the possibility of peace with Russia, Mr Zelensky said “the answer is not simple”.
“In the third month of the war, it seems everyone in Ukraine is interested in peace and when it will all end. However, the answer will not be so simple,” he said.
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