The UK and Denmark have sent Harpoon anti-ship missiles into Ukraine, prompting President Putin to order his warships to withdraw 60 miles offshore
Russia is desperate to add anti-aircraft defenses to warships normally destined for land, as Vladimir Putin fears Britain’s deadly Harpoon missiles, which are reportedly being sent to Ukraine.
The UK and Denmark have sent Harpoon anti-ship missiles into Ukraine, prompting President Putin to order his warships to withdraw 60 miles offshore.
The humiliating descent suggests that Putin’s attacks on an Odessa beach must be scaled back after two Ukrainian missiles sank the Russian warship Moskva.
The devastating about-face for the Russian president has seen Putin change tactics after Britain and Denmark gave Ukraine Harpoon anti-ship missiles.
The missiles can sink a ship over 80 miles above the horizon, and experts believe Russia is panicking over the new deadly harpoon.
Recent reports and images shared online show a Russian naval ship in Sevastopol with a Tor 2 anti-aircraft missile launcher chained to its helideck – and three other ships have followed suit.
However, the effectiveness of tying down the Tor 2 anti-aircraft missile launcher to a seagoing vessel against harpoons is still unknown.
The land-based mobile launchers are used to shoot down helicopters and drones, but their effectiveness against harpoons flying just above the water surface to avoid a warship’s defenses is unclear.
Former Ukrainian Navy Captain Andrii Ryzhenko told The War Zone: “This system is pretty good for countering UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] and anti-ship missiles, as well as helicopters and airplanes.”
He added the move was “in response to the Moscow River.”
And experts believe this sign of preparation in the Black Sea is due to the Russians starting to withdraw before the new missiles are launched by Ukraine.
According to a US think tank, the Institute for the Study of War, they believe the Ukrainian Navy has increased its pressure to prevent Russian ships from operating near shore.
It said: “Taken together, these reports suggest that Ukrainian sea pressure and anti-ship missiles – likely including those provided by the United Kingdom and other states – have forced the Russian grouping in the north-western Black Sea to rely more on coastal and air defenses , while being pushed away from the Ukrainian coast.”
Russian Defense Forum)
In addition, the Daily Telegraph reported that additional forces had to be deployed to Russian-held Snake Island to bolster air defenses, located 30 miles off the coast of Ukraine.
The Defense Ministry of Ukraine also believes that the withdrawal of the Russian Black Sea Fleet is due to the Ukrainians defeating the naval forces and the Russians fearing the deadly Harpoon missiles.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said by telegram: “As a result of our actions aimed at defeating enemy naval forces, the group of ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet was pushed back at a distance of more than a hundred kilometers from the Ukrainian coast (62 miles)”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/vladimir-putins-humiliating-climbdown-amid-27192615 Vladimir Putin's humiliating descent amid British harpoon missile fears - World News