Mood shifts in occupied Crimea, Ukrainian intelligence says

31 July, 06:22 PM
Vadym Skibitskyi (Photo:krym.org (RFE/RL))

Vadym Skibitskyi (Photo:krym.org (RFE/RL))

Civilians in Russia-occupied Crimea are staring to realize the war could spill over to the peninsula, Ukrainian Military intelligence spokesperson Vadym Skibitskyi said in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on July 31.

According to Skibitskyi, Ukrainian intelligence carefully monitors public opinion in Crimea.

“Firstly, (public opinion) has changed, especially for those who have relatives elsewhere in Ukraine – be it Kyiv, Kharkiv, or (Russia-) occupied territories where cities and towns were obliterated,” said Skibitskyi.

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“The threat of war coming to Crimea is becoming very real for them.”

Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command earlier said that Russia has in-creased its naval strike group in the Black Sea to 14 ships.

Russia has accused Ukraine of using a drone to attack Russian Black Sea Fleet HQ in Sevastopol on July 31, claiming that five people were left injured. The planned celebration of Russia’s Navy Day was cancelled in the city. Russian federal senator from Crimea Olga Kovitidi later said the at-tack was launched from within the city.

Ukraine has denied carrying out the attack, and said that these Russian claims further undermine the perceived effectiveness of Moscow’s anti-air defenses, raising concerns about the security of the Kerch Strait Bridge, which connects the peninsula to the Russian mainland.

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