Russian fleet seeks refuge from Ukrainian strikes in Novorossiysk bay


Russia is hiding its ships from Ukrainian attacks in the Novorossiysk Bay in southern Russia, employing barriers like flooded barges to fend off Ukrainian assaults, said Dmytro Pletenchuk, Ukrainian Navy spokesman, on April 4.

"Now they have actually closed themselves at the Novorossiysk base, closed the entrance to the harbor, put up barriers, and are just sitting at the base," Pletenchuk said.

This tactic isn't new; Russia has been using similar methods for around a decade, notably during Crimea's occupation. These barriers also serve to shield the Crimean Bridge from Ukrainian drone strikes.

There are currently no Russian missile carriers in the Black and Azov Seas. There are three enemy warships in the Mediterranean Sea, but no Kalibr cruise missile carriers, according to the Ukrainian Navy.

Russian Black Sea Fleet ships in Novorossiysk

The Russian military in Crimea started transferring Black Sea Fleet ships to the port of Novorossiysk in October 2023.

The Joint Command South stated that the Russians hardly use Sevastopol bays for ships anymore after the successful strikes by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Ships went to sea en masse from the Russian Black Sea Fleet base in Novorossiysk in January for the first time in a long while.

British intelligence reported in March 2024 that Russia is now trying to protect its facilities in the port of Novorossiysk from attacks by Ukraine. In particular, the entrance to the port was partially blocked by four barges.

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