After numerous alleged Ukrainian strikes, Russia is removing fighter jets from Crimea, according to a NATO report.
Russia and Ukraine have been at war for more than six months, with no sign of an end in sight.
However, 10 of Russia’s fighter jets have reportedly already returned to Russia from Crimea, according to a story from Business Insider Germany that has been translated into English.
The classified NATO study that describes the scenario has been seen by Business Insider Germany.
Russia has been occupying Crimea since 2014, despite the fact that the majority of nations regard it as Ukrainian. Recently, attacks have occurred there. Ukraine has made hints that they will go on without assigning blame.
Long-range missiles and drones have been used in the attacks to target command centres, supplies depots, air bases, and transportation hubs. Russians in Crimea are now in a panic, and the attacks have boosted Ukrainian self-confidence.
On August 9, at least 12 explosions shook the Saky air base on the west coast of Crimea; some of these were seen on video by neighbouring Russian vacationers visiting a beach resort. Satellite photographs after the incident revealed substantial damage throughout the air facility.
The government of Ukraine made light of some of the footage while advising Russian visitors not to vacation in Crimea.
In order to stop Ukraine from launching any more attacks, Russia “is quite likely to disperse its air forces in Crimea,” according to NATO documents.
According to the allegation, among the ten aircraft being transferred to Russia are four MiG-31BM interceptors and six SU-35S fighter aircraft.
There are still believed to be 32 Russian fighter jets stationed there, the most of which are SU-27s.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, threatened to retake Crimea from Russian forces earlier this week.
In his upbeat statement about the ongoing war, he said that Crimea will be where the war ends.
Tuesday’s second iteration of the Crimea Platform, an online gathering of 60 countries and international organisations, featured a speech by Zelensky.
According to Zelensky, “Ukraine is strong and powerful enough to see a future for Ukrainian Crimea.” “We will free Ukrainian citizens in Crimea, and we will bring justice to everyone who suffered at the hands of the Russian occupiers’ oppression and cruelty.”
“I am aware that Crimea is with Ukraine and is anxiously awaiting our return. I want you all to know that we are coming back. The battle against Russian aggression must be won. As a result, we must liberate Crimea from occupation.
Zelensky, paraphrasing imprisoned Crimean activist Nariman Dzhelyal, stated of Ukraine’s battle with Russia, “It began with Crimea, it will conclude with Crimea.”