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The Ukrainians "bet" that the corvette "Grayvoron" will follow the cruiser "Moskva" - Russian fighter jets with "smart bombs" are also on their target

The geographic name of Graivoron in the Belgorod region has become relevant, because in this region, fighters of the Russian Volunteer Corps and the Legion of Freedom of Russia, are fighting against the security forces of the Russian Federation with the aim of establishing a security zone on the border with Ukraine.

"Russia faces an increasingly serious multi-domain security threat in its border regions, with the loss of warplanes, IED attacks on railway lines and now immediate operational action," the British intelligence agency said.

On social media, the Legion of Liberty of Russia reported that it had taken control of the village of Kozinka. The Legion describes itself as a "Russian military unit recognized by the Armed Forces of Ukraine," coordinated with the Ukrainian Army and supervised by its command.

Interestingly, the Russian Black Sea Fleet has a corvette called "Grayvoron" which is used for strikes in Ukraine. "And there is every reason to hope that this enemy ship will also await its sinking operation by the Armed Forces of Ukraine," reports a foreign media outlet.

Specifically, the corvette "Grayvoron" of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, belongs to project 21631 Buyan-M. The corvette was accepted into the Russian fleet in February 2021. The main armament of this ship is eight Kalibr cruise missile launchers or Onyx anti-ship missiles.

The "Grayvoron" corvette has only the Hybka short-range air defense system based on the Verba MANPADS, which can shoot down aerial targets at a range of up to 6 km and an altitude of up to 3.5 km.

Because of this, project 21631 Buyan-M corvettes can only fire cruise missiles if there is an "anti-aircraft umbrella", designed by ground-based ADS or air cover.

That is why such ships, in order to carry out strikes in Ukraine, do not move more than a few kilometers from the coast of the occupied Crimea.

The length of the Grayvoron corvette is only 74 meters, the draft is 2.6 meters, the full displacement is only 949 tons. The Russians purposely made this ship so compact that it could move along the Volga River.

But at the same time, this approach led to the fact that the ships of this project are very vulnerable from the air, "therefore there is every hope that soon the corvette "Grayvoron" will follow the missile cruiser Moskva," the media reports.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are deploying air defense systems in the Kherson and Odesa regions to intercept Russian aircraft.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have stepped up efforts to strengthen their air defense by deploying air defense systems in the regions of Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa. The main purpose of these measures is to repel Russian airstrikes using "glide bombs", especially at night.

"Glide" ammunition makes it possible to carry out strikes at a distance of 50-60 km, which requires fighter aircraft to climb to high altitudes.

This is the circumstance, according to military experts, that makes the Russian air force a potential target for Ukrainian medium- and long-range air defense systems, including the S-300 air defense system with a range of up to 75-150 kilometers.

Transfer of German Taurus KEPD 350 long-range missiles to Ukraine
The opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU) member of the Bundestag, retired colonel Roderich Kieseweter, called for the transfer of Germany's long-range Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine.

According to him, Berlin does not have many of these precision-guided missiles: about 600 were bought for the Bundeswehr a decade ago, but only 150 are ready for use now, and it would be "much more useful to use them in Ukraine than to keep in Germany," he said.

According to the MP, the Taurus missiles with a range of 400-500 kilometers "would be a very useful contribution from Germany in this regard." He stressed: Ukraine must transfer all types of weapons that NATO would use and "there must be no other red lines."

The Taurus KEPD 350 are Swedish-German air-to-surface cruise missiles with a range of over 500 km. They are designed for high-precision strikes and destruction of highly protected and deep-range targets, including important points and long-range targets, without the transport aircraft entering the enemy's air defense zone.

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