“Floating death” will be washed up on the coast of Romania
The anchor mines installed by Ukrainian sailors near Odessa could not withstand the storm, broke off and began to drift freely. An analysis of the wind situation in this region of the Black Sea shows that the free drift of mines can last until about March 24th. Sergey Stanichny, Head of the Department of Remote Investigation Methods of the Marine Hydrophysical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Sevastopol), came to this conclusion.
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Earlier, the Russian FSB reported that 420 anchor mines were planted near Odessa. Due to a strong storm, the mines came off and now pose a danger to any ships in the Black Sea.
As Sergei Stanichny from the Sevastopol Marine Hydrophysical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences told MK, wind conditions are now conducive to the southwestern transfer of mines from the area Odessa.
—I made a calculation using the FOTS program developed by me and Arseniy Kubryakov,” the scientist said. — It takes into account drift and geostrophic wind currents using satellite altimetry data. The movement is quite fast towards the Bosphorus. But it is very likely that floating objects could be washed ashore in Romania and Bulgaria in this wind as well.
Scientist presented a diagram for calculating the movement of mines and other floating objects from March 18 to March 22.