: Russian military boost in occupied Crimea detailed

17:46 Mar. 16, 2016

Russian military boost in occupied Crimea detailed

Honor guards wait for Russian President Vladimir Putin , arriving by boat, during a navy parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Images)

Russia has increased its miliary presence in Crimea

After two years of the Russian occupation of Ukraine's Crimea, the Russian Federation has significantly bolstered its military presence in the peninsula, upgrading Sevastopol to become the Black Sea Fleet's home base,  according to the report by lenta.ru.

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Over the two years, the Navy received two small missile ships type 21631 (Serpukhov and Zeleniy Dol), as well as a new submarine type 636.3 Novorossiysk and Rostov-na-Donu. Two submarines (Stariy Oskol and Krasnodar) are currently being tested in the Northern Fleet. There will be a total number of six such submarines, reads the report.

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It is noted that the main component of the ground  forces has been and still remains the 810th Black Sea Fleet Naval Infantry Brigade. The 1096th Air Defense Missile Regiment was added up to it, equipped with Osa-AKM systems. Also in the area of Perevalnoye, the 126th Brigade of coastal defense is based.

Full story on UNIAN

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