There were explosions again on Friday evening in the Crimean Peninsula. Air defenses in Sevastopol and Kerchi have been activated. The Russians shot at a plane flying at high altitude over the occupied peninsula. Analysts believe it was most likely Ukrainian drones. But these would not be attacks, just exploratory flights. Kiev’s army would test how prepared the Russians are. At the same time, it is also part of the psychological warfare that the two camps are waging.
Booms were heard in Sevastopol, the main city of Crimea. The noise came from a Russian Pantir air defense system firing at something flying over the city where the Russian Black Sea Fleet base is located. Incidentally, there is a yellow attack alert in Sevastopol, decreed by the Russian occupation authorities, especially after a drone attack targeted the General Staff of the Russian Black Sea Fleet at the end of last month. Five people were injured then, and the Russian authorities had to cancel the Navy Day festivities.
North of Sevastopol, there were, on Friday evening, scenes similar to those in Sevastopol. Water has been activatedthe anti-aircraft fire in Eupatoria, a town near the Saki base, blown up almost two weeks ago. The Russians fired rockets at something which fly at high altitude.
Anti-aircraft explosions were also heard in Kerchi, where Putin’s bridge, which connects Russia to Crimea, begins. With Djust a few hours beforeUkrainian Ministry of Defense sţof on Twitter that he’s keeping an eye on the bridge and waiting for Russian soldiers to “smoke” there. In other words, they are waiting for something to explode. “As you know, smoking in public places is prohibited in Ukraine,” the Ukrainian Defense commented wryly. The ministry also states that the bridge is tracked from the air by a high-performance satellite, after the Ukrainians paid 20 million dollars to have access to satellite images.
Mihailo Polodiak, one of Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s advisors, wrote, also on Twitter and in the same ironic tone, that it is an “incendiary” month of August for Crimea, with “shooting stars”, blockades on the Kerchi bridge, denied stolen apartments and anti-aircraft systems very active. “And above all we will understand that Crimea is exclusively Ukrainian. Even though the thieves in 2014 promised protection from the boulders falling from the sky…,” adds Podoliak.
Ukrainians have been granted access to one of the ICEYE satellites, the global leader in radar satellite monitoring. ICEYE satellites can photograph the Earth at any time of the day and in all weather conditions. Satellite data is updated every few hours, which provides tactical advantages for military operations. The first image published by ICEYE, immediately after the signing of the contract, is of the bridge over the Kerch Strait, which connects the Crimean peninsula with Russia.
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Editor: Luana Pavaluca