That is according to a latest the U.K. Defense Ministry’s Defense Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine.
As the update states, at least 14 explosions around the russian-occupied city of Mariupol were highlighted by pro-russian officials during the last week.
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"Since 21 February 2023, pro-russian officials have reported at least 14 explosions around the russian-occupied city of Mariupol. Sites of the incidents have included an ammo cache at the airport, two fuel depots, and a steel works that russia uses as a military base. Mariupol lies at least 80km away from the frontline," the update reads.
Given the situation on the fronts of the russian-Ukrainian war, this cannot be ignored by the russian military command.
"russia will likely be concerned that unexplained explosions are occurring in a zone it had probably previously assessed as beyond the range of routine Ukrainian strike capabilities. Although widely devasted earlier in the war, Mariupol is important to russia because it is the largest city russia captured in 2022 that it still controls, and sits on a key logistics route," the U.K. Defense Ministry’s Defense Intelligence update concludes.
As Defense Express reported, the UK Defense Intelligence Said Russian Losses Remain High While Political Pressure on Military is Increasing. We also wrote, that Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence stated that russia preparing for long war.