RUSSIA is planning a major warship attack to capture Ukraine’s water supply, it was revealed.
Military sources said the attack “most likely” would be a land and sea attack on southern Ukraine from Crimea.
“The Ukrainian army takes these ships very seriously” a senior Ukrainian military source told the Mirror.
“We estimate one of the Russian scenarios could be an amphibious and air attack from occupied Crimea aimed at capturing water facilities in southern Ukraine to supply Crimea with water.”
There has been a water crisis in Crimea since Russia illegally occupied the peninsula in 2014.
Over the past few months, cities in Crimea, which is occupied by Russia, have divided their amount of water, the report said.
For most of the region, locals can only get water for six hours a day – three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening.
The crisis started in 2014 when Ukrainian authorities blocked the Northern Crimea Canal, which supplies more than 85% of the region’s water.
Meanwhile, the top EU diplomat said on Monday that Vladimir Putin had gathered more than 150,000 troops on the border with Ukraine.
This was the region’s largest ever military build-up.
It came as cold satellite images shows that thousands of Russian troops and armored vehicles are ready to infiltrate from a base in the annexed Crimea.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell warned that a spark could plunge the situation into full-scale war.
“This is the highest military deployment by the Russian army on the Ukrainian border ever,” he said after the meeting between the foreign ministers.
“Obviously it’s a problem when you deploy multiple armies. Well, a spark can jump in here or there.
“That is more than 150,000 Russian troops gathered on the border of Ukraine and Crimea.
“The risk of continuing to escalate is obvious.”
Borrell said the construction included field hospitals and a variety of weapons.
He declined to say where he got the 150,000 figure from, higher than the 110,000 figure Ukraine’s Defense Minister Andriy Taran estimated last week.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba pleaded for new sanctions against Russia during a virtual meeting with EU partners.
However, Mr Borrell said there are no plans for new economic sanctions or the expulsion of Russian diplomats at the moment.
It happened after Moscow chased away the Czech embassy staff after two Russian spies appeared behind the Salisbury novichok poisoning incident. also wanted for exploding armory in 2014.
Thousands of troops were stationed in a camp in Voronezh
Earlier, satellite images today revealed a huge Russian military base in Marfivka, in Crimea.
The camp is located from the Ukrainian territory and the home of the 58 Russian army is only 174 miles.
There are more than a thousand military vehicles on site as well as rowed soldier accommodation in fenced areas.
The before and after images show the blank website on March 15.
Ground images revealed by CIT also show rows of tents and a large number of military vehicles in Russia’s southwestern region of Voronezh, bordering Ukraine.
As construction continued, Russian state television took off claims that the takeover Ukraine’s border areas are “inevitable”.
New footage from the RT “propaganda” media empire appears to show more troops joining a potential strike force.
According to Ruslan Leviev, an open source analyst with Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), the building is “the greatest concentration of the Russian armed forces since 2014 and 2015”.
Putin annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
Since then, more than 14,000 people have been killed in seven years of civil war between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in the disputed Donbass area.
A ceasefire has failed in recent months with increasing outbursts of violence threatening to erupt into full-scale war.
Amid escalating tensions, British warships will also set sail for the region in May.
The British deployment was intended to demonstrate solidarity between NATO allies and Ukraine, the Sunday Times reported.
A Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and a Type 23 anti-submarine destroyer will leave the Royal Navy’s carrier strike group in the Mediterranean and cross the Bosphorus into the Black Sea. , according to the report.
The RAF F-35B Lightning stealth jet and Merlin hunting helicopters will be available aboard the special forces flag carrier, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, to support the ships in Black Sea, the report adds.
“The UK and our international allies are steadfastly supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a Defense Department spokesman said.
“And as quickly as possible, there are no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’.”
Russian ambassador to the UK has warnings about a “bloodbath” in Ukraine – and vows to retaliate if Kiev moves troops into the Donbass region.
Andrey Kelin said Moscow “had no intention” of a large-scale military conflict despite having moved tanks and warships to Ukraine’s doorstep.
Last week’s pictures showed Russian Armored cars painted “invasion stripes” in Astrakhan, 350 miles from the border.
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US President Joe Biden offered “solid support” to his Kiev counterpart.
Russia is also developing its military muscle before the commemorative parade scheduled for May 9 to commemorate the country’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.