Moscow needs passage to Crimea, intelligence says
Scouts predict that the invasion of Ukraine will be very bloody for Russia – many Russian military will die.
After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia needs a land corridor that would connect the Russian Federation with the peninsula. About this on Tuesday, January 18, informed TV channel CNN with reference to intelligence data.
According to media sources, the land corridor along the Sea of Azov through the city of Mariupol, Donetsk region, will allow Moscow to reduce the cost of providing energy and water supply to the Crimea.
It is noted that Russian troops may try to capture this part of Ukrainian territory by landing amphibious assault forces on the coast of Azov. However, specialists say that if captured, the narrow strip of land along the coastline would be difficult to defend, especially given the constant risk of an attack by the Ukrainian army.
At the same time, intelligence officers predict that the invasion of Ukraine will be very bloody for Russia – many Russian military will die. In the same time sanctions announced by the West cause irreversible damage to the country’s economy.
Despite this, sources say, the Kremlin is considering a full-scale attack not only in theory, but is also preparing a plan that will begin to be implemented as soon as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives the order.
Recall, the day before, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Russia may launch an attack to Ukraine at any time.