Occupation of Crimea: Russia will not operate Ukrainian S-300 missiles left in Crimea

18:21 Jul. 30, 2016

Russia will not operate Ukrainian S-300 missiles left in Crimea

A Ukrainian air defence battery pictured during military drills in Crimea in October 2005 (UNIAN photo)

Air defence systems remained on the peninsula after it was seized by Russia

Russian army is not going to use Ukrainian S-300 air defence missile systems, which were left over after the peninsula was seized back in 2014.  

This was reported by the Russian RIA Novosti news agency, referring to its own source in Crimean power structures.

The agency's source specified that the S-300 systems are put into storages, and Russian military will neither repair nor operate them.

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On Saturday Russia's state-run Almaz-Antey arms company inaugurated its new service centre in Sevastopol that will repair air defence systems stationed in annexed Crimea.

As earlier reported, Russia will deliver to the occupied peninsula its newest S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile systems made by the same manufacturer.


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