Sept 8. (Translation).
On the Eve of Caucasus 2020 Exercises, NATO Intelligence Is Collecting Data on Russian Military Facilities in Crimea
In early September, the topic of Russian-occupied Ukrainian Crimea came to the fore in the context of NATO intelligence demonstrations, which are likely to be a deterrent to the Kremlin’s aggressive intentions ahead of the Caucasus 2020 Russian military exercises planned for the second half of September.
According to the Russian media, on September 7, 2020, the French reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome in the Black Sea “attacked the positions of the Russian S-400 in the Crimea.” The drill simulating the attack, according to the Russians, is to set up radio interference for the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems at certain frequencies. It is noted that this is possible only in the case of interception of radio frequencies of the S-400 radar, and the purpose of Dupuy de Lome is to intercept and analyze all types of signals, including satellites.
This caused a real panic in the Russian military command and they did not think of anything better than to urgently practice training with the involvement of S-400 complexes with the goal to reduce the amount of military equipment and to move to another area to practice maneuvers.
Our readers might recall that on September 4, 2020, NATO troops, with the assistance of Ukraine, conducted reconnaissance of Russian air defense forces in Crimea and southern Russia. According to an edition called TEKSTY, Russian systems were “fished with live bait” and American B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers were used as this bait.
US strategic bombers crossed the airspace of Ukraine and approached the Crimea, where they demonstratively turned on and off transponders. At the same time, the reaction of Russian air defenses in Crimea was monitored by at least 3 NATO reconnaissance systems: 2 reconnaissance aircraft R135 and Sentinel R1 of the Royal British Air Force, which are able to intercept signals not only of air defense systems but also communication between the Russian military. Interestingly, a large reconnaissance aircraft of the US Air Force RC-135W flew over the Crimea from the south and west (near Feodosia).
We remind our readers that in 2016, volunteers from the international intelligence community InformNapalm in the course of OSINT research identified Russian servicemen from radiation chemical and biological protection units, who were probably deconserving the Soviet nuclear secret facility Feodosia-13.
On September 6, 2020, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that the activity of US strategic bombers near the Crimea indicates “imitation of missile strikes on Russian territory.”
The United States European headquarters has officially stated that the purpose of the flight of a group of American strategic bombers B-52H was to demonstrate the ability to deter the Russian Federation.
One should remember that on June 12, 2020, the North Atlantic Council recognized Ukraine as an Enhanced Opportunity Partner (EOP).
And in July 2020, the former commander of the US Armed Forces in Europe, retired Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, said in an interview that Russia, under the guise of the Caucasus 2020 exercise, could embark on new military adventures related to its desire to resolve the issue of providing Crimea with water.
So now the active maneuvers of the air force and navy of Ukraine’s allies in the Black Sea can serve as a signal to curb the appetites of the Russian aggressor.