Russia pulling in troops to northern Crimea en masse, says president’s representative office
In the fall of 2022, satellite images of Russian trenches in the north of occupied Crimea began to appear (Photo:Benjamin Pittet/Twitter)
Russian military in trucks are streaming through the city of Simferopol, headed to the north of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied territory of Crimea, the representative Office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea reported on Facebook on March 7.
“According to information from open sources, Russian military trucks, mainly from the 126th Coast Guard Brigade of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, are being transferred to the north of the occupied peninsula through Simferopol,” the report says.
The agency noted that Russian invaders were also looking for trench diggers in the town of Krasnoperekopsk, asking them to come “with their tools.” Krasnoperekopsk sits on the Perekop Isthmus, a strip of land about 8 kilometers wide connecting Crimea to mainland Ukraine.
Ukraine’s General Staff also reported in the autumn of 2022 that the invaders had started improving the fortification of the defense lines on the left bank of the Dnipro River and the north of the peninsula.
Prior to that, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Russia’s war against Ukraine should end with the liberation of Crimea, just as it began with its occupation.
The Financial Times business newspaper reported that three main roads of the “land bridge” to Crimea with an important supply route for Russian troops would be within the range of Ukrainian artillery after the liberation of the right bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast.
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