"It's a matter of time and money": what Ukraine needs to establish fire control over Crimea
To establish fire control over the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula, Ukraine needs a sufficient number of missiles. According to military expert Roman Svitan, it is a matter of time and money.
The United States has the necessary number of missiles, but the question is whether and when they will be transferred to Ukraine. This opinion was expressed by Roman Svitan in an exclusive interview with OBOZ.UA.
"This is a matter of time and money, a continuation of what I said earlier. We need a sufficient number of missiles, not just a few. We need hundreds of missiles to establish control over Crimea and over the logistics chains leading to the peninsula," the expert said.
In addition, to cut off the enemy's logistics routes, Ukraine must destroy the Kerch Bridge. According to Svitan, as soon as the Ukrainian Armed Forces have even the slightest opportunity, they should start with this. After that, it should finish off the 150 stationary military facilities that remain in Crimea. This may require about three missiles per facility or 450 missiles in total.
"Roughly speaking, up to 500 missiles are needed to target Russian facilities in Crimea, and about 500 more for the rest of the occupied territory of Ukraine," the expert said.
Svitan noted that the United States has these missiles. However, it is unknown whether they will be transferred to Ukraine.
"We were given the first ATACMS to scare the Russians. The purpose is still a question. Maybe it was made to stop Russia from supporting Hamas. After all, our war is tied into a common confrontation in the world," he said.
At the same time, the occupiers are actively preparing for the landing of Ukrainian marines on the western coast of Crimea and are building a large number of fortifications.
"And they are preparing properly. This is in the paradigm of the liberation of Crimea. Air, sea, and ground operations that have already begun on the left bank of the Dnipro River. In fact, preparations to cross the Dnipro and then enter Crimea are underway. This can happen at any moment. We may witness such actions even this year," the expert added.
As reported by the ATESH guerrillas, the Russian invaders continue to actively prepare for the defense of the occupied Ukrainian Crimea. In particular, traces of such preparations were noticed in Yevpatoria, where a large number of fortifications appeared.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, the Russian occupiers are bringing obsolete equipment to the occupied Crimea due to heavy losses at the front. In particular, Soviet 2C1 "Gvozdika" self-propelled artillery systems are being massively transferred to Yevpatoria.