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Russian submarines have conducted operations in the Irish Sea twice since the start of the war, – Bloomberg

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul3,2024

Russian submarines have conducted operations in the Irish Sea twice since the beginning of the war, – Bloomberg

Photo: Russian submarines/AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky

After Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian submarines twice conducted operations in the Irish Sea, Bloomberg writes, citing three sources. We are talking about diesel-electric attack submarines of the Kilo class, capable of launching torpedoes and Kalibr cruise missiles, as well as laying sea mines.

The first incident occurred about 18 months ago, the second – recently. According to the publication's interlocutors, the scale of movements of Russian submarines went beyond what British officials had seen before. US officials were also aware of the submarine's movement.

This is not the first time Russian submarines have been spotted in the waters surrounding the UK, but at the time it was not known that they were heading to the Irish Sea. In 2023, a British helicopter and warship spotted a Russian submarine off Cork harbor in southwest Ireland. The EXA Atlantic submarine cable runs through this area, connecting Canada and the UK.

In June 2024, Russia sent three ships and the nuclear submarine Kazan to Russia. to Cuba for naval exercises. The submarine had previously been spotted off the west coast of Scotland near the British naval base at Faslane, where nuclear and diesel submarines are based. However, the submarine, as noted, did not enter British waters.

Russia's deployment of submarines around Britain and Ireland could be an attempt to identify potential weak points in the defense or to intimidate the UK in response to its support for Ukraine, the interlocutors suggested agency.

According to one of the sources, it will be difficult for a Russian submarine to pass the Irish Sea without violating international law. Submarines are required by law to navigate on the surface while in the territorial sea. The Irish Sea has different depths, so the movement of a Russian vessel in underwater waters could be difficult, he added.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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