Ukraine’s effective combat operations in Crimea force enemy to look for new air defense deployment strategies
The enemy deployed a very powerful air defense grid in the Crimean Peninsula, because the occupiers understood that they had accumulated considerable resources there, as well as future reinforcements for the units currently engaged in operations along the contact line in mainland Ukraine. However, the combat operations of the Ukrainian Forces were so effective that the occupiers now have to reprioritize their air defense deployment strategy.
Colonel Natalia Humeniuk, Head of the United Coordinating Press Center of Security and Defense Forces of the South of Ukraine, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.
“In particular, it is clear that the protection of their “famous” Crimean bridge – that redundant object – is their top priority, since it is one of the main logistical transport arteries, despite its notional incapacity, its limited use. Also, they continue maintaining a robust defense of the Sevastopol Bay, mainly because of the logistics associated with loading Kalibrs (missiles – Ed.). Since they have already removed their main vessels, these facilities that ensure the viability of missile carriers, as well as make it possible to equip missiles on them, remain very important. They have two more priority objects – these are sites for launching Shahed UAVs. In addition, the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea still has quite a lot of aviation infrastructure facilities, where the enemy keeps the tactical aircraft and certain property. So, we have a lot of work, and it continues,” noted Natalia Humeniuk.
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