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Russian port of Novorossiysk vulnerable to attack by Kiev – London

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A British assessment of the suspected Ukrainian attack on oil depots near the Russian port of Novorossiysk shows that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was vulnerable to attack by Kiev.

The British Ministry of Defence on Tuesday referred to Russian and Ukrainian media reports in its daily intelligence update that an “attack” occurred on Nov. 18 at an oil terminal located near the Russian naval base.

The ministry however said that “full details of this incident are yet to emerge. However, any demonstration of a Ukrainian capability to threaten Novorssiysk would highly likely represent a further strategic challenge for the (Black Sea Fleet).

“It would also further undermine Russia’s already reduced maritime influence in the Black Sea,” London added.

Media had reported that a Ukrainian drone probably attacked a terminal of the oil company Transneft on the night of Nov. 17-18. The company denied the reports.

After Ukraine attacked the Russian base of Sevastopol on the annexed Crimean Peninsula, the Russian Navy moved several submarines to Novorossiysk.

The fact that this port is now also accessible to the Ukrainians is also a threat to Russian landing ships stationed there, it was further stated in London.

These ships have taken on a more important role in supplying Russian forces in Ukraine since the damage to the land bridge over the Kerch Strait from the Russian mainland to Crimea in October.

Since the beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine at the end of February, the British Ministry of Defence has been publishing daily intelligence updates on the course of the war to counter the Russian narrative.

Moscow accuses London of a targeted disinformation campaign.

dpa/NAN

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