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Putin’s invasion plan ‘undermined’ by struggle to control Black Sea, MoD says

Putin’s invasion plan ‘undermined’ by struggle to control Black Sea, MoD says
Black Sea Fleet pursuing ‘extremely defensive posture’, says Britain

Rusland’s attempt to capture more Ukrainian territory is being “undermined” by its inability to exert control over the Black Sea, the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) gesê het.

The Kremlin has suffered numerous naval setbacks in recent months, including the sinking of its flagship, die Moskva, which Ukrainian forces hit with anti-ship missiles on 14 April.

Vladimir Poetin’s forces are also struggling because they have lost many of their jets and are no longer in control of the strategically-important Snake Island, according to the MoD. It added that Russian ships are sticking close to the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Oekraïne in 2014.

“The surface vessels of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet continue to pursue an extremely defensive posture, with patrols generally limited to waters within sight of the Crimean coast,” the British government said in an update on Tuesday morning.

Although Russian vessels continue to pound targets in Ukraine with long-range cruise missiles, they do not have effective control of the Black Sea, die verklaring bygevoeg.

As gevolg daarvan, the MoD believes the threat of a Russian amphibious attack on the port of Odesa has been “largely neutralised”, freeing up Ukrainian troops to fight elsewhere.

Intussen, more fighting reportedly broke out near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, which is in Russian-held territory. Both sides have accused the other of endangering the safety of the region by shelling areas surrounding the site.

<p>A Russian serviceman stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant near the city of Enerhodar</bl>

A Russian serviceman stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant near the city of Enerhodar

The UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has been unable to send experts to the facility to conduct safety checks, raising fears of a potential catastrophe.

In his nightly address, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky called on Monday for further sanctions against Russia, arguing that the international community should not accept “nuclear blackmail” from Russia.

“If through Russia’s actions a catastrophe occurs the consequences could hit those who for the moment are silent," hy het gesê.

“If now the world does not show strength and decisiveness to defend one nuclear power station, it will mean that the world has lost.”