Google Maps removes blur for Russian military sites

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Google Maps made Russia’s strategic facilities visible to users on Monday, revealing details of the country’s military infrastructure.

Searches on Google Maps showed newly accessible images of military bases, intercontinental ballistic missile launch pads, naval installations and key command posts across Russia.

“Now everyone can see [Russian military infrastructure] with a resolution of about 0.5 meters per pixel”, tweeted Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Some of the newly available images include the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, a nuclear weapons store near Murmansk, submarines in the far eastern peninsula of Kamchatka and a military airbase in the western city of Kursk, just 150 kilometers from the Russian-Ukrainian border. .

The move comes amid strained relations between Russia and US tech giant Google.

Google banned ads for Russian users following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, and Russian officials have accused Google-owned YouTube of sparking “information warafter the video hosting platform blocked Russian state media.

Satellite images of military installations are traditionally blurred or displayed in lower quality by Google Maps to protect their classified status.

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