The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has warned on Thursday that “approximately 20 Russian Navy vessels” have entered “the Black Sea operational zone.”
The MoD warned on Thursday in their intelligence update Russian warships and submarines are now in the “operational zone” which could pose a serious threat to Ukraine as their missiles can hit any target within the war torn country.
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The MoD said in an intelligence update on Thursday morning, “Approximately 20 Russian Navy vessels are currently in the Black Sea operational zone, including submarines.
“The Bosporus Strait remains closed to all non-Turkish warships, rendering Russia unable to replace its lost cruiser Moskva in the Black Sea.”
They claimed, “Despite the embarrassing losses of the landing ship Saratov and cruiser Moskva, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet retains the ability to strike Ukrainian and coastal targets.”
This is not the first mobilisation of warships and submarines, last month Moscow’s flagship Black Sea missile cruiser Moskva sunk in the area after it was said to have been “seriously damaged.”
The Kremlin claimed at the time ammunition onboard the vessel exploded as a result of an unexplained fire, however Kyiv said they struck the Moskva in a missile attack.