According to a report by “Daily Express“Russian President Putin warns of losing the Crimean peninsula. This could weaken Russia and lead to defeat.
In this context, the British newspaper quotes Mykhailo Podolyak, a high-ranking adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Podolyak had previously appeared in the Italian newspaper “Corriere” Kiev’s ambitions were optimistically expressed: “Our goal is to isolate Crimea. Without this base, the Russians will lose.”
Putin covers 80% of the front’s needs through Crimea
Crimea serves Putin as a logistical hub for Russia’s war effort. According to Podolyak, the peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, is important not only because of its status as an internationally recognized territory. Equally relevant are the military benefits that Russia derives from Crimea – an estimated 80 percent of the needs at the front, according to the Daily Express.
Ukraine meets Russia’s naval heart in Sevastopol
Successful attacks on the Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol underline the effectiveness of the Ukrainian strategy. If Ukraine destroys the Russian military logistics center in Crimea, this could significantly influence the course of the war. Such a development, according to Podolyak, would significantly weaken Russian forces and Moscow could be forced to change its political rhetoric, perhaps even bringing nuclear threats back into play.
Kiev is planning targeted strikes against Crimean logistics
In addition, the advisor explained a three-point plan by Kiev to disrupt the Russian supply route from Crimea. The first point focuses on destroying the communications systems and radars. The second point is aimed at the Black Sea Fleet, and the third is intended to compromise the logistics infrastructure of Russian troops in Crimea. This also includes the Kerch Bridge, which connects Crimea with Russia and has been the target of attacks in the past. An example of this is the attack in July, in which remote-controlled maritime drones with an explosive charge of 850 kg caused the temporary closure of this strategic connection, as the Daily Express reported.
Finally, Podolyak emphasized that successful implementation of this strategy could lead to Western supporters of Russia expressing a desire for a ceasefire or peace negotiations.