Russia moves warships away from Crimea: Satellite images

Satellite images from Planet Labs showed that after a series of Ukrainian attacks, Russia transferred some of its warships and submarines from Sevastopol to Novorossiysk, on the Caucasian coast.

Warships in Novorossiysk. Source: Planet Labs

Russian ships moved out of Crimea…

Over the past few weeks, Ukraine has carried out a number of strikes against military facilities located in the Russian-occupied Crimea. The S-400 air defense system launcher, the Minsk landing ship and the Rostov-on-Don submarine, as well as one of the command posts were destroyed.

According to the British Ministry of Defense, this forced the Russians to move their ships out of Crimea. This statement was confirmed in the form of satellite images from Planet Labs. They are dated October 4th.

Close-up. Source: Planet Labs

The photos clearly show the port of Novorossiysk on the Caucasian coast. At the berths are two 11356P class frigates Burevestnik, a patrol ship of project 1135 and three submarines of project 877. All of them were recently located off the coast of Crimea.

… however, not all

The photos are dated October 4, so there is no doubt that some of the ships have really moved away from the occupied territories. But for how long they moved away from the occupied territories remains unknown.

Port of Feodosia. Source: Planet Labs

In addition, some of the ships remained in the occupied Crimea. This is evidenced by another satellite image, also taken on October 4. It shows the port in Feodosia. And there is a patrol ship of project 22160, better known as the Vasily Bykov class.

Other photos show a couple more surface ships and several submarines. Therefore, their total number has decreased, but not to zero. It is quite possible that the Ukrainian Armed Forces will soon change this.

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