About such conclusions of his intelligence informs British Ministry of Defense.
The department noted that fighting is constantly ongoing on the island of Zmeiny, and Russia is trying to strengthen its unprotected garrison stationed there.
They believe that if Russia strengthens its position on Zmeiny Island with the help of strategic air defense cruise missiles and coastal defense, then they can dominate the northwestern part of the Black Sea.
The agency notes that Russia’s efforts to increase its forces on Zmeiny Island give Ukraine more opportunities to engage in combat with Russian troops and destroy their equipment.
Ukraine is also successfully destroying Russian air defenses and supply vessels with Bayraktar drones, they said.
British intelligence believes that Russian supply ships have minimal protection in the western Black Sea after the retreat of the Russian fleet to the Crimea.
The first important victory of the Ukrainian Armed Forces at sea near the island was the hit on April 13 by two Neptune cruise missiles, followed by the sinking of the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the cruiser Moskva.
From April 30 to May 8, strikes by Bayraktar T2 UAVs of the Ukrainian Navy on Zmeinoye destroyed a command post, a communication machine – a server with telecommunications equipment, several Strela-10 anti-aircraft missile systems and Tor air defense systems, as well as a helicopter with Russian paratroopers. In addition, five high-speed landing craft of the Raptor type and a landing boat of the Chamois type of the Russian Black Sea Fleet were destroyed near Bayraktar Island. In addition, two Ukrainian SU-27s attacked the positions of the Rashists on Zmeiny. The number of Russian military destroyed goes to dozens.
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