Russia Nears Completion of Military Port in Occupied Abkhazia

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.20 - 2024 2:32 PM CET

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Russia is on the brink of finishing a naval base in the Ochamchir district within the occupied region of Georgia, reports indicate.

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According to Georgian TV channel Pirveli, the construction of the port designed to accommodate Russian warships in the occupied territory is nearly complete.

Drone footage released by the channel reveals a newly built structure, speculated to house staff for the Russian military facility in occupied Georgia. The video also shows active construction work, suggesting that efforts to finalize the port are ongoing.

Pirveli notes the potential use of this port against Ukraine and its potential as a target for Ukrainian military actions.

Previous reports stated that Russia had initiated the building of the naval base in occupied Abkhazia, with infrastructure development underway in the Ochamchir district and the relocation of warships beginning.

In early October, Aslan Bzhania, the self-proclaimed president of the unrecognized Abkhazia, announced the establishment of a new permanent Russian fleet base in the Ochamchir district, claiming an agreement with Russia had already been signed.

This development was met without condemnation from the Georgian parliament's vice-speaker.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has remarked on Ukraine's defense forces' impact on the Russian Black Sea Fleet, noting its diminished control over the northwestern Black Sea and partial withdrawal from Crimea.

Zelenskyy asserted Ukraine's readiness to "retrieve" Russian ships from various locations, including bases in occupied Georgian territory.