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Putin Forced to Move Submarines From Crimea After Ukrainian Attacks: U.K.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been forced to move his Black Sea Fleet from the annexed Crimean Peninsula to southern Russia after Ukrainian attacks, according to a report from the British Ministry of Defense.

In its daily intelligence update on the Ukraine war, the U.K.’s defense ministry said after Ukrainian attacks deep into the peninsula, the command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet “has almost certainly relocated its KILO-class submarines” from their home port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar region.

Russian naval flags are seen on the Zaporizhzhia former Ukrainian submarine moored in the bay of the Crimean port of Sevastopol on April 17, 2014.
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“This is highly likely due to the recent change in the local security threat level in the face of increased Ukrainian long-range strike capability,” the update said.

The ministry cited attacks on the Russian fleet’s headquarters and its main naval-aviation airfield in the past two months.

Putin has likely undermined one of his key “motivations” for annexing Crimea from Ukraine in 2014—to guarantee a safe base for the Black Sea Fleet, the update said.

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