Kiev: Russian forces are deploying new military units in northern Crimea, Mariupol port transformed into military base
The Moscow forces are deploying new military units in northern Crimea, to maintain control of the land corridor between Russia and the occupied peninsula. This was stated by the spokesman of the Ukrainian military intelligence, Andriy Chernyak, quoted by Ukrinform.
According to Chernyak, the Russians are also building defense structures in northern Crimea and Kherson oblast. The spokesman stressed that in any case the Russians will not be able to prevail. “They are losing, so they create defensive structures where they can, they understand that they will have to fight on these lines,” he commented. “Considering that our foreign partners are supplying us with new types of weapons, the so-called land corridor to Crimea is certainly not safe. Ukraine will bomb Russian positions in the occupied territory,” he stressed.
In the night they were heard explosions in Sevastopol, on the Black Sea. Mariupol mayor adviser Petro Andriushchenko said in Telegram that air defense was activated in the Crimean city at least twice.
Radio Svoboda reported on explosions in Sevastopol near Belbek airport. Subsequently, the governor of Sevastopol Mykhailo Razvozhaev stated that “in the morning, the air defense system shot down two UAVs over the sea in the Belbek area”.
The adviser to the Ukrainian mayor further wrote that the Russians are gradually turning the port of the occupied city of Mariupol into a military base in the Sea of Azov.
“The occupiers are gradually turning the seaport into a military base. In late December, all citizens of Mariupol who worked at the port were fired (apart from a few collaborators) and new workers were brought in from Moscow,” the councilor wrote. , quoted by Ukrinform. Some port employees were “sent” to Crimea at the end of December. Since then, no one, not even their relatives, has heard from them, Andriushchenko added.