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Crimean "storm of the century" broke the occupiers' plans for Dzharylhach: satellite photos

Russian occupiers have organized a military training ground on the protected island of Dzharylhach

A powerful storm that raged in the Black and Azov Seas on November 27 destroyed the coastline and flooded settlements in the temporarily occupied Crimea, as well as in the Black Sea and Azov regions. At the same time, it destroyed the embankment that connected the occupied part of Kherson region with the largest island in the Black Sea, Dzharylhach.

The embankment was destroyed in three places at once. The Center for Investigative Journalism drew attention to this by analyzing satellite images from the European Space Agency (ESA).

The images taken by the Sentinel-2 satellite on November 30 show that the sea has washed away the spit connecting the island to the mainland of Ukraine in three places. As a result, the occupiers have now lost the ability to reach the island, at least temporarily.

Crimean ''storm of the century'' broke the occupiers' plans for Dzharylhach: satellite photos

Dzharylhach Island is located in the Karkinist Bay of the Black Sea. Administratively, it is part of the Skadovsk district of Kherson region. The 56-square-kilometer island itself is part of the Dzharylgach National Nature Park, which also includes the water area adjacent to the island.

Crimean ''storm of the century'' broke the occupiers' plans for Dzharylhach: satellite photos

However, the Russian occupiers do not care about the protective status of Dzharylhach. In May 2023, it became known that the invaders had destroyed a natural gap near the village of Lazurne, Skadovsk district. Having made an embankment, they connected Dzharylhach to the mainland and arranged a military training ground in the reserve. There, the occupiers trained mobilized Russians, including artillery units.

The same fate awaited dozens of other reserves in the south and east of Ukraine. In the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions, journalists discovered dozens of occupant training camps. They cover a total area of about 50,000 hectares.

Earlier, it became known that the occupiers restored the line of defense against marine drones in Crimea. Earlier, it was destroyed by a storm, which the occupiers dubbed the "storm of the century".

Also during the storm, huge waves washed away Russian trenches on the Crimean coast .

In addition, it was reported that China could help Russia build an underwater tunnel to Crimea , The Washington Post reported, citing letters intercepted by Ukrainian intelligence services between Russians and representatives of Chinese companies interested in the project.

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