Any demonstration of Ukraine’s ability to threaten Novorossiysk will be another strategic challenge for the Black Sea Fleet.
The influence of the Black Sea Fleet has significantly decreased / photo REUTERS
After the explosions at the oil terminal in Novorossiysk, the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation can no longer feel safe even on the coast of Russia.
As reported in the intelligence review The Ministry of Defense of Great Britain, any demonstration of Ukraine’s ability to threaten Novorossiysk will be a challenge for the Russian Federation.
“On November 18, 2022, several Russian and Ukrainian media outlets reported an attack on an oil terminal in the port of Novorossiysk on Russia’s Black Sea coast. Adjacent to the oil terminal is a large Russian Black Sea Fleet base. The Black Sea Fleet relocated many of its water operations to Novorossiysk after Ukraine struck attack on its base in Sevastopol in occupied Crimea. The Russian command will likely be concerned about threats from the flotilla of amphibious ships based in Novorossiysk,” the report said.
They noted that these vessels are relatively vulnerable without an escort and began to play a more important role in the supply of Russian troops in Ukraine after the Kerch bridge was damaged in October.
“Any demonstration of Ukraine’s ability to threaten Novorossiysk is likely to become another strategic challenge for the Black Sea Fleet. It will also further undermine Russia’s already weakened maritime influence in the Black Sea,” the British Ministry of Defense added.
Attacks by Ukraine on the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation
On November 18, the Russian mass media announced that a naval drone of the Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked the “Sheskharis” in Novorossiysk. Russia loads its oil for shipment abroad at the “Sheskharis” oil harbor.
Earlier, a group of naval drones struck Russian ships moored in the Sevastopol Bay.
Among the damaged were three ships: Admiral Makarov class, Admiral Grigoryovych, as well as the minesweeper Ivan Golubets, which were subsequently decommissioned. After that, the activity of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Crimea decreased noticeably.