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A Russian tourist’s vacation photo gives away the military’s artillery location

The Russia-Ukraine war rages on, with the first one penetrating further into Ukrainian territory.

As the Russian troops advance, their whereabouts will soon be determined.

A photo recently posted on the Internet accidentally revealed the Russian air defense.

The holiday photo

A Russian tourist took a vacation photo while visiting a beach in occupied Crimea.

The man, wearing only a speedometer, has his right arm raised in greeting in a landscape shot – to the left of the image is a military truck.

The truck turned out to be an active S-400 air defense system positioned around the salt lake of Yevpatoria near the Black Sea coast.

According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the photo gave an idea of ​​the location of Putin’s anti-aircraft defenses.

Ukraine reacts to the photo

When the photo surfaced, the Ukrainian defense decided to shed some light on the situation via Twitter:

“Maybe we are being too hard on Russian tourists… Sometimes they can be really helpful.”

“Like this man taking pictures at Russian air defence [sic] positions near Yevpatoria, in occupied Crimea. Thank you and keep up the good work!”

Citizen journalists quickly located the area where Russian forces arrived around July 20.

How the Russians reacted

On Sunday evening, Mikhail Razvozzhaev, the Russian-appointed governor of annexed Sevastopol, sent a warning telegram to Russian tourists, which reads:

“I remind you: try to shoot less photos and do not upload of how our AD works. If you are filming or taking pictures, at least don’t reference to the area.”

Officials say the warning came shortly before a drone attacked the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea.

Social media footage on Friday night showed smoke rising from one location in Sebastopol, the same location as the fleet.

Mikhail Razvovhayev, the governor of Sevastopol, said on his Telegram channel that a drone attacked the building.

The Russian news agency Tas received news of the governor’s comments, stating:

“I am at the Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters now. A drone hit the roof here 25 minutes ago. Unfortunately, it was not downed. There are no casualties.”

Despite Razvovhayev’s statements, Russian officials stationed in the area reportedly claimed that the drone was shot down over the city thanks to the efforts of local defense forces.

The Ukrainian government has not commented on the attack.


Speedo-wearing Russian tourist inadvertently reveals location of Putin’s artillery in Crimea

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