Ukrainian official explains decrease in number of Russian ships in Black Sea
There is one enemy ship in the Black Sea, says Natalia Humeniuk, who heads the Joint Coordination Press Center, Defense Forces of Southern Ukraine and holds the position Captain 1st Rank. Humeniuk went on to explain why Russia has reduced the number of ships in the Black Sea
She shared the information on Espreso TV.
"As for the seas that are closer to us, our Azov-Black Sea basin, there is an extremely powerful storm, which experts estimate at up to 6 points. Even that one Russian ship (which is now in the Black Sea - ed.) is ruthlessly deployed despite such weather conditions. This is another way to prove that the occupiers do not care about their own," noted Humeniuk.
According to her, Russian launch vehicles are now dispersed and located in the Crimean and Novorossiysk bays, among others.
"When the weather permits, the enemy tries to deploy a ship group from time to time. But in recent days we have been recording up to 7 units, this may be due to the fact that they are redeploying and the logistics are not set up in such a way as to keep a large number of ships in the Black Sea. The general situation, which from time to time becomes explosive for the ships even in the bays, hinders the enemy's naval force from attaining the same level of strength and deployment observed in the past, with up to 20 units in operation. The occupiers realize that these distances are within our reach and do not want to take any risks," said Humeniuk.
There are missile carriers in the Mediterranean, but Russia is not likely to launch missiles, she added.
"As for the availability, the capacity in the Mediterranean, there are missile launchers there. But the launch of a missile in this case will be recorded through the airspace, including that of NATO countries. It is unlikely that Russia is capable of such a step and risk," added Humeniuk.
The Russian army has the capability to simultaneously launch up to 56 Kalibr cruise missiles at Ukraine.