The war in Ukraine. BBC: Turkey did not let Russian warships into the Black Sea

The war in Ukraine. BBC: Turkey did not let Russian warships into the Black Sea

Turkey has not let Russian warships through the Bosphorus, which since the beginning of February have been waiting for permission to enter the Black Sea, reported the Russian BBC. Units return to Vladivostok.

Pacific Ocean Fleet units, including the Varyag missile cruiser and the Admiral Tribuc missile destroyer, were spotted in the Singapore Strait on Sunday.

They were heading towards their home in Vladivostok.

Putin during exercises in the Black Sea in 2020ALEXEI DRUZHININ / Getty Images

Andriy Kymienko, head of the Monitoring Group of the Institute for Black Sea Strategic Research, pointed out that the units had been in the Mediterranean since February 2. They were supposed to enter the Black Sea to attack Ukraine.

Unreliable Black Sea Fleet

At the end of August, the Politico website estimated that the in the Russian-occupied Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet did not live up to expectations. It took up defensive positions on the Crimean coasts or in the open sea to avoid Ukrainian attacks, and “fleet problems grew since spring, due to poor leadership, aging equipment and pride that the Ukrainians willingly used.”

Russian Black Sea Fleet (as of April)PAP

“Commanders of the Black Sea Fleet since the beginning of the war have not managed to adapt to (the situation) and made cardinal errors in terms of training, professionalism and compliance with security procedures” – said Michael Kofman from the US think tank CNA in August.

The greatest defeat of the fleet was the sinking of the cruiser Moscow, one of the most important Russian warships, by the Ukrainians, which sank on April 14 as a result of a hit by Ukrainian Neptune maneuvering missiles.

Main photo source: ALEXEI DRUZHININ / Getty Images

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