Politicians from the Soyuz-90/Greens party and the opposition CDU/CSU bloc, which is part of Germany's governing coalition, have expressed concern over reports that Russia may have intercepted a conversation between high-ranking Air Force officers, which is believed to have discussed the TAURUS strikes. along the Crimean bridge.

"If this story is confirmed, it will be a very problematic incident," Konstantin von Notz,

chairman of the Bundestag's committee overseeing the intelligence services, said in an interview with the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) group on Friday, March 1, writes

DW.

"The question arises whether this is an isolated case or a structural security problem," added the deputy from "Greens".

"I am waiting for an immediate clarification of all the circumstances."

In turn, CDU/CSU defense expert

Roderich Kiesewetter

warned about the possibility of publication and other intercepted conversations.

"Several more conversations were probably overheard, and perhaps at a later date they will be disclosed in the interests of Russia," Kiesewetter told the news portal ZDFheute.de.

According to him, it can be assumed that Russia published the content of the conversation at the moment with a specific purpose, namely "to prevent the delivery of TAURUS by Germany."

On the morning of March 1, the editor-in-chief of the Russian propaganda channel RT,

Margarita Simanyan

, reported that she was allegedly given a 40-minute audio recording in which "high-ranking officers of the Bundeswehr" discuss possible strikes on the Crimean bridge with the help of TAURUS missiles.

In confirmation of these words, Simanyan published the transcript of the conversation, which, according to her, took place on February 19, 2024, as well as the audio recording of the conversation itself, the participants of which speak to each other in German.

After that, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia demanded explanations from the German government.

The German Ministry of Defense has launched an investigation into whether internal air force conversations may have been intercepted.

"The Federal Office of Military Counterintelligence (BAMAD) has taken all the necessary measures," said a representative of the Ministry of Defense in Berlin in response to DW's request.

Chancellor of the Federal Republic

Olaf Scholz

earlier this week explained in detail his refusal to supply TAURUS to Ukraine.

"TAURUS has a range of 500 kilometers, and if it is used incorrectly, it can hit a target somewhere in Moscow," said the head of the German government at a meeting with the residents of Dresden.

Russia's war against Ukraine

  • At 5 o'clock in the morning

    on February 24, 2022,

    the head of Russia, Vladimir Putin, announced the start of a military operation against Ukraine in the Donbass at the request of the "DPR" and "LPR" groups.

    On February 21, during a televised address to Russians, Putin called the so-called "DPR" and "LPR" independent states within the regions.

    On February 22, the Federation Council ratified this decision.

  • Russian troops attacked, including from the territory of Belarus, using airfields, bases and roads.

    Representatives of Lukashenka's regime justify the war, his opponents consider the territory of Belarus to be occupied, many call for resistance to the Russian invaders.

  • Contrary to Putin's statements about attacks only on military facilities, the Russians are bombing schools, kindergartens and residential areas of Ukrainian cities.

  • On April 2, 2022, after the liberation of the town of Bucha near Kyiv, photojournalists published dozens of photographs showing hundreds of dead people, victims of mass murders committed by Russian troops.

    Many are buried in spontaneous mass graves.

    The Russian occupation also brought great destruction to the people of Barodyan.

  • Since February 24, Russia has captured only one regional center - Kherson.

    Russian troops retreated from it and from the right-bank part of the Kherson region in November 2022.

    The city was occupied by Russian troops in the first days of the war without actually fighting.

  • In the fall of 2022, Ukrainian troops launched a large-scale counteroffensive, as a result of which Russian forces left most of their positions in the Kharkiv region.

  • Despite Putin's initial statements that the occupation of Ukrainian territories was not part of the invasion plans, on September 30, 2022, the annexation of four regions of Ukraine (Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Luhansk, and Kherson), including territories that Russia did not control, was announced.

  • On September 21, 2022, Putin announced the mobilization in Russia.

    After this statement, thousands of Russians went to the border crossings and began to leave for Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Mongolia, Finland and other countries.

    In Russia itself, opponents of the war set fire to several military commissariats.

  • In 2023, Lukashenko and Putin announced the deployment of Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus.

    On June 13, Lukashenka gave an interview to Russian propagandist Volga Skabeeva, from which it appeared that some of the nuclear weapons had already been delivered from the Russian Federation to Belarus.

    On June 16, Putin also said that the first nuclear charges have already been delivered to the territory of Belarus, and the rest will be moved "by the end of the summer or the end of the year."

  • On August 1, Lukashenka said that more than half of the tactical nuclear weapons planned to be deployed on Belarusian territory have already been "imported and dispersed" across the country.

    He has repeatedly stated that he will use nuclear weapons in case of aggression against Belarus.

  • In June 2023, Ukrainian troops began counteroffensive operations in the east and south of the country.

    Russian troops prepared well-fortified defense lines, so the advance of the counteroffensive proceeded with significant losses.

  • On September 3, Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnovsky said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine broke through the first line of defense on the Zaporizhia direction, on which the Russians spent the most resources.

  • At the end of 2023 and at the beginning of 2024, the Russians carried out several mass shelling of Ukrainian cities, dozens of people were killed and injured in Dnipro, Kiev, Kharkiv and other places.

    In response, the Ukrainian side shelled Russian Belgorod, several people were killed.

  • It is not always possible to independently verify information about military operations provided by officials of various parties.