Russians 'really worried' about the defence of Crimea says Clarke
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Military analyst Professor Michael Clarke reports Russia is “really worried” about the defence of Crimea. Russian troops transports have been spotted ferrying troops to the occupied Ukrainian city of Melitopol as the Kremlin scrambles to secure the Crimean peninsular from Ukrainian assault.
Professor Clarke told Sky News: “Russians are starting an artillery duel now they’re lobbing artillery shells on a fairly occasional basis at the moment into Kherson, and the Ukrainians will have to try to do something about that.
“An artillery battle I think is developing, meanwhile the Russians are also withdrawing troops from the Kherson area.
“They always wanted to do this but interestingly, they’re not sending them all to the Donbas, which we thought that they would.
“They seem to be sending some of them further south to Melitopol because they’re really worried now about the defence of Crimea and so they’re having to disperse their troops a bit more than we thought they would, judging by where we see that the convoys of their vehicles going.”
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It comes after Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov flew into an angry rant over the Russian army’s failure to prevent reported shelling on the border town of Belgorod.
Solovyov told Russia1: “I’m sorry, I truly don’t get it.
“I don’t get why the hell there are regular strikes at Belgorod, including an American rocket that was taken down yesterday.
“I don’t get it, if we need to move the border, so they couldn’t shell Belgorod you have 300 thousand people, I’m talking about conscripts.”
“Listen this is a danger in our country, our Russian city of Belgorod is under shelling.”
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He continued: “Move the hell the border 200km!
“If you can’t move the border, throw a flame inferno at them! So there wouldn’t be any capability to fire from anywhere.
“I’m sorry but I’ll say this – I don’t give a damn about the fate of Ukrainian cities.
“I’m worried about the fate of Belgorod, Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Melitopol. Our Russian cities. Why are we playing games with them?”
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Meanwhile, a punishing new barrage of Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure on Wednesday caused power outages across large parts of the country as well as neighbouring Moldova, adding to damage to Ukraine’s power network and misery for civilians as winter begins.
Multiple regions reported attacks in quick succession. In several regions, authorities reported strikes on critical infrastructure. Officials in Kyiv said that three people were dead and nine wounded in the capital after a Russian strike hit a two-story building.
Russia has been Ukraine’s pounding the power grid and other facilities with missiles and exploding drones for weeks.
Before the latest barrage, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had said that Russian strikes had already damaged around half of Ukraine’s infrastructure.
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