Russian spy ship capable of ‘cutting undersea cables’ spotted in English Channel

A Russian spy ship said to have the ability to cut undersea cables was spotted in the English Channel today.

Vladimir Putin’s Yantar was caught cruising between the Devon coast and France and appears to be heading north.

Defense analyst HI Sutton said: ‘The controversial Russian ‘research vessel’ Yantar has entered the English Channel heading north.

“He is currently south of the Lizard.

“The vessel has activated its AIS (automated information system) so it is currently visible on AIS aggregators.”

Yantar was last month seen off the coast of Ireland in what was seen as a push by Putin to scare the West.

He zigzagged across the seas north of Mayo and Donegal on at least one commercial submarine cable.

It then moved west from the fishing port of Killybegs before being scuttled in the Atlantic.

The Irish Defense Forces and NATO would be on alert and monitoring the situation.

Putin’s fleet of submarines dedicated to tampering with vital undersea internet cables could cripple Britain and plunge the country into chaos, it was warned earlier this year.

The ships are operated by an obscure branch of the Russian military that answers directly to Putin – with the mission of delivering a catastrophic blow to the West.

Submarines are carried under a huge submarine “mothership” and are built to hide on the ocean floor – entering the Atlantic by sailing from the Arctic.

They then use robotic arms to tamper with or even cut key cables that help keep the global economy moving with potentially devastating consequences.

Defense analyst HI Sutton spotted the “controversial” Yantar on the Marine Traffic website.
marinetraffic.com

fears of chaos

Even the simple act of cutting cables has the ability to completely bring Britain to a standstill, as a 2006 earthquake in the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the Philippines showed.

There, six of the seven cables used to distribute Internet and telephone services from North America to Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and South Korea were severed.

This led to a 100% internet blackout in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, cutting off millions of citizens and businesses from the internet and cellphones.

It has been estimated that cutting three cables could cause some countries to lose 70% of their data traffic.

Vladimir Putin's Yantar was caught cruising between the Devon coast and France and appears to be heading north.
Vladimir Putin’s Yantar was caught cruising between the Devon coast and France and appears to be heading north.
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