Russia reinforces northern approaches to Crimea, intelligence says

3 January, 09:26 PM
Crimean bridge is burning on a stylized stamp in the center of Kyiv (Photo:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

Crimean bridge is burning on a stylized stamp in the center of Kyiv (Photo:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

Russian forces in Ukraine are trying to retain a “land bridge” to Crimea and are bringing new military units towards the north of the occupied peninsula, Ukrainian Military intelligence spokesman Andrii Cherniak told Ukrinform news agency on Jan. 3.

"This was their idea: to capture Donetsk Oblast, the coast of the Azov Sea,” said Cherniak.

“They also planned to cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea. But the invading country failed to implement any of these plans in Ukraine. Given that our foreign partners supply us with new weapons, the so-called land bridge to Crimea is certainly not safe. Ukraine will strike at Russian positions throughout the occupied territory.”

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According to Cherniak, Russian troops are building defensive structures both in northern Crimea and occupied parts of Kherson Oblast, because “they understand that they will have to fight on these frontiers.”

On Oct. 1, Ukrainian Military Intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov, said that Ukrainian forces are likely to enter Crimea by late Spring 2023.

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