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Google Denies Removing Blurring For Russia’s Military Sites

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

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

“Now everyone can see (Russian military infrastructure) with a resolution of about 0.5 meters per pixel,” tweeted the Ukrainian armed forces.

Some of the newly-available images include the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, a nuclear weapons store near Murmansk, submarines in the Far East 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 U.S. tech giant Google.

Google banned advertisements for Russian users following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, and Russian officials have accused Google-owned platform Youtube of stirring an “information war” after it blocked Russian state-owned media.

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

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