Blackout in Crimea: Setback for the Russian Defense Line

According to Oleg Kriutchkov, an administrator appointed by Moscow, nearly half a million people on Crimea, occupied by Russia, are in the dark due to a power outage.

Henadii Trukhanov, the mayor of the port city Odessa, urges residents to stay at home. Local authorities warn of a possible disruption of water supply due to the power outages affecting the operation of pumps, as reported by the German news website Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, believes that a storm over Crimea has washed away Russian defense installations that had been built on the peninsula’s beaches. On X, Gerashchenko writes: “A storm has washed away trenches on the occupied Crimea, which the Russian army had dug on the beaches.” Reports indicate that the water in Yevpatoria has washed away coastal defenses, technical facilities, and fire positions.

These claims have not yet been independently verified and/or confirmed. Therefore, they should be considered with caution. In war, it can be advantageous for conflicting parties to deliberately spread false information to strengthen their own position or weaken the opponent’s.

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