This was announced by the head of security programs at the Center for Global Studies “Strategy XXI” Pavel Lakiychuk on the air of the program “A Question of National Security” with Valentina Samar.
“The Russians are making a big mistake trying to land and operate from Zmeinoye. It is nonsense. This is a typical Russian “row everything you can” … So they raked him on his head in the first days of the war. It would be more efficient for them to maneuver around the island with a large warship,” the expert believes.
Such a task could be performed by the missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, destroyed by the Ukrainian complex RK-360 MC Neptune. Now a group of missile boats is operating near Zmeiny, which are also methodically destroyed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
According to Pavel Lakiychuk, when Ukraine receives a sufficient amount of anti-ship weapons from Western partners, the Russians will be forced to return the remnants of the Black Sea Fleet to Sevastopol.
“Because the fleet is a very expensive toy. Compared to other branches of the armed forces, it is less effective, but the most expensive. The more ships, the more the state has to worry about not being sunk, God forbid. The Russians have a large fleet and therefore they will have to worry a lot, ”the expert added.
The first important victory of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at sea near the island became a hit April 13 with 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.
- See the program for more details. “A Question of National Security” with Valentina Samar (project of the Center for Investigative Journalism), issue of May 10, 2022 Why is Serpentine a maritime Chernobaevka, and why Putin could not sell the “denazification” of Ukraine?