Deputy Chief of the General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate Oleksiy Hromov said that Russian troops keep reserves in the north of occupied Crimea for use in strengthening their groupings on the Naddnipryanskyi and Orikhiv section of the front in the south of mainland Ukraine.
"The city of Dzhankoy and the adjacent areas have actually turned into the largest military base in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea, from where the occupying Russian troops and equipment of the Russian Armed Forces are redeployed," Hromov said.
According to intelligence, there are 750 units of weapons and military equipment in the field maintenance park near Medvedivka in Dzhankoy district.
The Ukrainian army command also reported that Russian forces are improving the fortification equipment of the defensive frontiers on the east bank of the Dnipro River and in the north of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea.
Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate Kyrylo Budanov said earlier that, in his opinion, the Armed Forces will return to Crimea by the end of spring 2023.
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov believes that Ukraine can regain the peninsula without fighting. According to the official, after Ukrainian troops cross the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast, they will be able to attack the Russian positions in Crimea with HIMARS rocket systems and other weapons.
The Financial Times reported that after the liberation of the west bank of Kherson Oblast, the three main roads of the "land bridge" to Crimea, which is also an important supply route for Russian troops, came within reach of the artillery of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Adviser to the Head of the President's Office Mykhailo Podolyak advised the occupying forces to leave the entire territory of Ukraine and called Crimea a "natural cauldron” where troops could become trapped.
Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine