In early September, the topic of Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimea came to the fore in the context of NATO intelligence operations and drills which are likely to become a deterrent to any Kremlin’s aggressive intentions ahead of the Kavkaz 2020 Russian military exercises planned for the second half of September.
According to the Russian media, on September 7, 2020, the French reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome in the Black Sea “attacked the positions of the Russian S-400 in the Crimea.” The drill simulating the “attack”, according to the Russians, was aimed at jamming the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems at certain frequencies. The authors noted that this was possible only in the case of interception of radio frequencies of the S-400 radar, whereas the capabilities of Dupuy de Lome include interception and analysis of all types of signals, including satellite traffic.
Pictured: French reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome / source
Apparently the drill caused a panic attack at the Russian military command, and they did not think of anything better than to urgently practice rolling up and redeployment of S-400; the system was moved to another area to “participate in the maneuvers”.
Our readers might recall that on September 4, 2020, NATO troops, with the assistance of Ukraine, conducted a reconnaissance of Russian air defense forces in Crimea and southern Russia. According to texty.org.ua, Russian systems were “live-lured” by American B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers used as this bait.
US strategic bombers crossed the airspace of Ukraine and approached Crimea, where they demonstratively turned their transponders on and off. At the same time, the reaction of Russian air defense forces in Crimea was monitored by at least 3 NATO reconnaissance systems: 2 reconnaissance aircraft R135 and Sentinel R1 of the Royal British Air Force, which are capable of intercepting not only signals of air defense systems but also Russian military radio communications. Interestingly, a large reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force RC-135W flew around Crimea from the south and west (near Feodosia).
We remind our readers that in 2016, volunteers of InformNapalm international intelligence community in the course of OSINT research identified Russian servicemen from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN) units who were probably reactivating the secret Soviet nuclear facility Feodosia-13.
On September 6, 2020, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated that the activity of the US strategic bombers near Crimea amounted to an “imitation of missile strikes on Russian territory.”
The United States European Command (EUCOM) has officially stated that the purpose of the flight of a group of American strategic bombers B-52H was to “to deter Russia and assure Allies and partners”.
One should remember that on June 12, 2020, the North Atlantic Council recognized Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunity Partner (EOP).
And in July 2020, the former commander of the US Armed Forces in Europe, retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, said in an interview that Russia, under the guise of the Kavkaz 2020 exercise, could venture a new military attack related to its desire to resolve the issue of providing Crimea with water.
So now the active maneuvers of the air force and navy of Ukraine’s allies in the Black Sea can serve as a clear deterring signal to curb the appetites of the Russian aggressor.
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By Andriy Lysytsyn specially for InformNapalm.Translated by George V. Pinchuk. Edited by Artem Velichko. Distribution and reprint with reference to the source is welcome! (Creative Commons — Attribution 4.0 International — CC BY 4.0) InformNapalm social media pages: Facebook / Twitter / Telegram