: Russia's Defence Minister visits annexed Crimea

17:10 Jun. 16, 2016

Russia's Defence Minister visits annexed Crimea

Russia's Defence minister Sergei Shoigu at an award ceremony in the Kremlin (Getty Images)

Shoigu to inspect military infrastructure objects as Moscow turning the peninsula into army base

Sergei Shoigu, Russia's Minister of Defence, has arrived in Crimea to listen to reports on the construction of military infrastructure facilities, according to the Russian TASS news agency.

The minister will visit Sevastopol to hand out an award to a naval infantry brigade of the Black Sea Fleet. Shoigu will also visit a recreation center in Saky, TASS says.

Read also Russia to establish three new military divisions on Ukraine's border

The visit comes amid numerous reports that Russia is gradually turning the occupied peninsula into powerful military base on the southern flank of NATO.

On June 15 Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council said Russia's increasing placement of weapons in Crimea aims directly at the confrontation with NATO countries, with Bulgaria and Romania top the list of the most vulnerable ones.


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