Ukrainian attacks reduce Russian influence in the Black Sea - British intelligence

10:24 22 November Kyiv, Ukraine

The likely attack by Ukraine on the Russian oil terminal in Novorossiysk has led to a decrease in Russian influence in the Black Sea.

This is reported by the British Ministry of Defense with reference to intelligence data.
"On November 18, 2022, numerous Russian and Ukrainian media reported an attack on an oil terminal in the port of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea coast of Russia. There is a large base of the Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF) near the oil terminal," the ministry reminded.
At the same time, the Black Sea Fleet moved many submarine-related operations to Novorossiysk after Ukraine struck their base in Sevastopol in occupied Crimea in the summer, according to the British side.
"The command of the Russian Federation is likely to be concerned about threats to the flotilla of landing ships based in Novorossiysk. These vessels are relatively vulnerable without escort and play a more important role in the supply of Russian forces to Ukraine after the damage to the Kerch bridge in October.
The Ministry of Defense of the Kingdom notes that although the full details of the incident are still unknown, any demonstration by the Ukrainian side of the ability to threaten Novorossiysk is likely to become a further strategic challenge for the Black Sea Fleet.
"It will also further undermine Russia's already diminished maritime influence in the Black Sea," the ministry said.