British Intelligence: Russia Has Strengthened the Defense of the Bay of Sevastopol, Including Through Fighting Dolphins


The British Ministry of Defense in its daily review of the situation in Ukraine writes that Russian troops have recently significantly strengthened the defense of the Sevastopol Bay in the annexed Crimea. As satellite images show, at least four layers of nets and booms were installed at the entrance to the bay.

In addition, according to British military intelligence, in the past few weeks, the number of enclosures in the bay, which are believed to contain specially trained marine mammals, has doubled in the past few weeks.

Most likely, bottlenose dolphins are kept in them, which are probably trained to resist enemy divers, the authors of the review believe, adding that in the waters of the Arctic, the Russian Navy also uses fighting beluga whales and seals.

The Sevastopol Oceanarium, where training with dolphins was held in the interests of the Ukrainian Navy, was included in the Russian Navy after the annexation of Crimea. At first, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that they did not see “the need to train marine animals for military purposes,” but then it became known that the Russian department was purchasing new animals for the oceanarium in Sevastopol.

Fighting dolphins, as stated, were also involved in the protection of the Crimean bridge.

The British Ministry of Defense devoted one of its reviews in June to how Russia is strengthening land defense lines away from the front, including in Crimea. According to British intelligence, this may indicate that the Russian command is afraid of a direct offensive by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the annexed peninsula.

On June 22, the administrations of the annexed Crimea and the Kherson region announced that the Ukrainian military had struck a bridge near Chongar, connecting the peninsula and the region. The bridge, according to them, was fired with Storm Shadow rockets, the most long-range weapon that the Armed Forces of Ukraine currently have.

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