Russian submarines withdrawing from Crimea amid Ukraine war: report

The Russian Navy’s once-threatening Black Sea Fleet and its submarines are reportedly withdrawing from Crimea over fears of Ukrainian anti-ship Neptune and Harpoon missiles. This comes amid the turn of the war between the two countries, with hints that Kyiv may be pushing to retake the peninsula.

With Ukraine’s growing ability and confidence to attack Sevastopol in Crimea, it’s difficult to separate the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s decision to “regroup” its forces in the Black Sea from the growing threat from Ukrainian forces, noted defense analyst HI Sutton firmly in a Naval News report.

Based in the port city of Sevastopol in Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet is the Russian Navy’s fleet in the Black Sea, Sea of ​​Azov and the Mediterranean Sea, while Sevastopol is a major naval base on the southwestern tip of the Crimean peninsula. The fleet, seen as central to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to invade Ukraine, has been used to launch Kalibr cruise missiles, block access to Ukrainian ports and threaten an amphibious assault on Odessa.

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, four improved Kilo-class submarines of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet have been regularly spotted in Sevastopol, where they have their own berths, Sutton said. The submarines have used the base to arm themselves with Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles.

Russia reinforced its Black Sea Fleet before beginning the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, even sending its upgraded Kilo-class submarines there.

However, since the dramatic sinking of the Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, in April, the Russian Navy’s surface fleet has already moved out of range of Ukrainian missiles. Russian submarines are now operating freely throughout the Black Sea.

Until recently it was not uncommon to see three of the Kilos in port and one at sea at the same time. Now that has changed, Sutton pointed out. In recent weeks, however, the Kilos have been focused on Novorossiysk – another naval base much further from Ukraine – for fear of an attack by Ukrainian forces, Sutton added.

Russia fears that Ukraine, having successfully turned the tide of war, will now advance into Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has promised that Kyiv would restore its rule over Crimea, noting that it is necessary to liberate it as this will be “the revival of world law and order”.

He added that Ukraine would retake Crimea by any means his government saw fit and would not consult other countries beforehand.

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