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Convoy of Russian warships sighted off Odessa

Israel National News reports: “Ukraine is already defending itself against Russian attacks on multiple fronts and on Thursday, with Russian warships clearly visible off the coast of Odessa, it was stepping up its preparations against a potential amphibious landing.

According to local residents, airstrikes against the key southern city have become more frequent over the last day.

More disturbingly, there are now concrete U.S. warnings of a landing of Russian forces from the sea as early as Thursday.

According to The Guardian, the convoy appears to include several 4,080-ton Ropucha-class large landing ships, specially designed for beach landings, along with supporting vessels. Each Ropucha ship can carry a cargo of up to 450 tons or as many as ten battle tanks. Russia has previously sent such ships to Syria, carrying both military supplies and troops.

Providing further evidence that Russia made the decision to invade Ukraine well in advance, The Guardian also notes that several Ropucha-class ships passed through the Straits two weeks before war broke out, supposedly in order to conduct drills with another Russian landing ship in the Black Sea…”

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