Militarization of Crimea: Russia sends S-400 surface-to-air missile system to the occupied Crimea

14:13 Jul. 15, 2016

Russia sends S-400 surface-to-air missile system to the occupied Crimea

Military personnel of an antiaircraft rocket regiment organize execution of alert on the latest Triumph S-400 complexes on January 28, 2015 in Moscow, Russia (Getty Images)

Moscow intends to deploy S-400 Triumph on the peninsula in August

In the latest sign that Russia is gradually turning Crimea into a powerful military base, Moscow declared that it would soon deliver S-400 anti-aircraft missile system to the occupied peninsula.

The announcement was made by the Chief of Staff, Deputy Commander of the 18th Air Defense Missile Regiment within the 31st Air Defense Division Lieutenant-Colonel Yevgeny Oleynikov, according to the Russian news agencies.

"Upon completion of initial live-firing exercises […] in August 2016, the missile system is set to be dispatched to its permanent location in the city of Feodosiya," Oleinikov said.

S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missiles are Russia's most modern long-range antiaircraft systems that has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.

The S-400 can strike targets at a distance of 400 km with maximum target speed of 4.8 km per second, and at an altitude of up to 30 km.

Last month Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council said Russia's increasing placement of weapons in Crimea aims directly at the confrontation with NATO countries.



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