'Really helpful': Ukraine 'thanks' Russian tourist for holiday snap that revealed Putin's air defense location
YEVPATORIA, CRIMEA: Tension between Ukraine and Russia is at an all-time high and the former recently bagged the perfect opportunity to troll the latter. At a time when Ukraine is telling Russians to retreat, they have found a special someone who has delivered them some valuable news, even though it was by mistake. A Russian tourist roaming in Crimea posted a picture of himself online which helped give away the location of Russia's vital air defenses.
The Ministry of Defense posted a picture on Twitter of a chubby elderly Russian tourist in speed shorts standing on a beach with a Russian S-400 anti-air system in the background. The post was captioned, "Maybe we are being too hard on russian tourists… Sometimes they can be really helpful. Like this man taking pictures at russian air defense positions near Yevpatoria, in occupied Crimea. Thank you and keep up the good work!" The photo was originally posted on Russia's equivalent of Facebook called VKontakte over the weekend which came complete with geolocation data. Locating said air defense location then became a cakewalk for the Ukrainian government.
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Maybe we are being too hard on russian tourists… Sometimes they can be really helpful. Like this man taking pictures at russian air defense positions near Yevpatoria, in occupied Crimea. Thank you and keep up the good work! pic.twitter.com/bj5oEyXU0H— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) August 22, 2022
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This image, which surely seems harmless, allowed techy geeks to work their magic and locate the anti-air battery in a salt flat near the city of Yevpatoriya. This comes as a victory as the piece of technology in the discussion, the Russian S-400 anti-air system, is one of the most sophisticated military technology in use. The location was in correspondence to the reports of activity by anti-air systems in the area at the weekend by the Russian governor of Sevastopol, and even the distant images of the same battery taken in late July. It's safe to say that Ukraine forces were trying for a while to get a hold of this information which came knocking on their front door.
The battle in Crimea is getting intense as Ukraine has targetted a couple of Russian airbases and has taken the credit for regular ammo dumps. The tension in that area has been going on for quite some time as the Defense Minister posted about an accidental fire in Crimea on August 17 and called it a lucky strike. Oleksii Reznikov wrote, "According to the insider information, a fire from cigarette butts on the territory of Crimea occurred near a bowling club. Lucky strike!" The fate of the anti-aircraft battery that the Russian tourist exposed is currently unknown. In a speech on August 10, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelesnky said, "This Russian war...began with Crimea and must end with Crimea - with its liberation."