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Russia stepping up security at Black Sea base with spy dolphins, says UK intelligence | Russia

Russia is stepping up security at its Sevastopol Black Sea fleet base by deploying trained dolphins meant to detect and “counter” enemy divers, British Intelligence has said. A report made by the UK defence intelligence agency says that the Russian navy is investing in major enhancements to the Black Sea fleet’s main base in Sevastopol, a port on the occupied peninsula of Crimea. Ukraine has begun a highly anticipated counteroffensive that has targeted infrastructure near Crimea, and has said its goal is to return all occupied lands under Kyiv’s control. The Black Sea fleet could be a main target for Ukrainian attacks, including special forces assaults or even naval drone raids. As a result, Russia’s new defences near the base include at least four layers of nets and booms across the harbour entrance, the intelligence agency said. “In recent weeks, these defences have highly likely also been augmented by an increased number of trained marine mammals,” it continued. “Imagery shows a near doubling of floating mammal pens in the harbour which highly likely contain bottle-nosed …

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