Serpent's Island 2021 year
The loss of the cruiser "Moskva" caused major changes in the tactics of warfare in the Black Sea Fleet. Command, losing a valuable asset, managed to restructure its work and gain a significant advantage in theater.
There have been radical changes in the actions of the Black Sea Fleet, found a replacement for its flagship- featured in the UK Defense Journal.
In his words, after the loss of the Moskva cruiser, the Armed Forces of Ukraine got the opportunity to strike both ships near the island, and according to the garrison located on it, including using ground-based missile batteries, bombers, attack aircraft and UAVs Bayraktar TB2. This posed a serious threat to Russian supply convoys., information about the movement of which was carefully monitored by NATO forces and transmitted to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Then it became clear to me, that the Russians will quickly draw conclusions, which will have long-term consequences. In response to my warnings only laughed, not understanding the strategic importance of the rocky island- author writes.
As he notes, Serpentine is gradually turning into an outpost of the RF Armed Forces in the "underbelly" of Ukraine and the Balkans. First of all, ships of the merchant fleet began to arrive here., testing the supply route before subsequent landing craft flights. On board were the Tor air defense systems., ZRPK "Pantsir-S", search radar and command post, eventually created island air defense.
The Russians now have a fully functioning air defense base in 90 km from Odessa- the author says, explaining, that the warships of the Russian Navy located south of Zmeinoy are just waiting for the command to strike at targets, discovered island air defense. Ukraine is trying to fight it, including on the basis of weapons supplied by the West.
As the British observer expects, in the near future, the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation will be transferred here as artillery and MLRS, including for conducting counter-battery combat, as well as S-300 or S-400 complexes for the destruction of aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, working in the south of Ukraine.
Everything can end up, that with fire support from the island and from the ships, a helicopter assault will be landed from the Crimea- says the author.
In his words, in the West everyone laughed, when seen on the deck of merchant ships "Torah", then laughed at the barge with a crane.
Now nobody laughs: The Russians received a new unsinkable cruiser "Moskva" in the form of a Serpent, exercising control over the airspace and ground situation in the western part of the Black Sea.- concluded in the British press.