Satellite images show Russia fortifying Crimean coastline
Occupants are already preparing for the operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to liberate Ukrainian Crimea (Photo:Radio Liberty)
Russian occupation “authorities” have dug nearly 8 kilometers of trenchworks along the coastline in western Crimea, as seen in satellite images published by Radio Liberty on April 5.
The photos were taken in mid-March, depicting trenchworks near the city of Yevpatoria, snaking towards Zaozerne.
Since Ukraine’s Armed Forces possess little to no amphibious landing capability, it’s unclear how sound was the decision to dig trenches on a coast so far removed from mainland Ukraine.
Images of the same area form early March showed trenches mere 3.5 kilometers long, suggesting the digging was done recently.
On March 6, Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said that the ministry had developed an algorithm to restore lawful order in Donbas and Crimea once those regions are liberated from Russian occupation.
At the end of January, the former commander of U.S. forces in Europe, Gen. Ben Hodges, said that the fight for Crimea would become a key point in Russia’s war against Ukraine, and predicted that Ukraine could create the conditions for the final liberation of the peninsula in the next few months.
According to Ukrainian intelligence, the Russian military is already bracing for a Ukrainian push into Crimea.
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