(FiveNation.com)- According to 19FortyFive, a national security analysis site, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Is Quietly Relocating Kilo-class Submarines Away From Ukraine. In an intelligence report this week, the British Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Russian military had evacuated several of its submarines from the Crimean port of Sevastopol. The subs were relocated to Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai, a province of southern Russia.
The action is noteworthy, especially given the impact that the loss of the Russian flagship Moskva had on Russia’s naval capabilities in the region and as the Kremlin battles tooth and nail to retain territory in the south.
According to the British Ministry of Defence, the decision to relocate the Kilo-class submarines was most likely driven by the increasing local security threat level, leaving the Russians vulnerable to more substantial losses when they should be achieving gains. The action comes after Ukraine sank a Russian vessel allegedly “laden with weaponry” and other equipment. The fleet headquarters and its main naval aviation airport have been assaulted in the previous two months.
According to 19FortyFive, While Putin’s military launches a new onslaught against Ukraine, he may be relocating vital armaments, vehicles, ships, and submarines away from risky terrain.
Following the successful Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kharkiv, the Kremlin first stated that their forces in the Donbas area were regrouping. Putin was forced to confess substantial losses in Kharkiv.
The setbacks generated problems for Putin as he began to lose civilian support. While the great majority of Russians remain on Putin’s side in the battle, significant defeats have prompted some lawmakers to call for the president’s resignation, and the Russian population may ponder whether the economic damage was worth it.
Reports show Putin may be planning to employ reservists to reestablish power in Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk and restore vital equipment in those regions to aid those military operations. If that’s the case, Russian submarines may be stationed off Russia’s coast for months until the coast is clear – providing Putin’s threats have the desired effect.
There needs to be more talking and less taxpayer money thrown at this war.