On May 18, 2023, a train derailed near Simferopol, blocking the only rail line into the port of Sevastopol, the base of russia’s Black Sea Fleet (BSF). The railway authorities said it was a result of “interference by outsiders”, the UK Defense Intelligence reports.
Russia will move to repair the line quickly, but the incident will disrupt deliveries of supplies and potentially also weaponry, such as Kalibr cruise missiles, to the BSF.
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According the UK Defense Intelligence, any sabotage in this sensitive area will further increase the Kremlin’s concerns about its ability to protect other key infrastructure in Crimea. The peninsula retains a vital psychological and logistical role in enabling russia’s war in Ukraine.
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