Russia deploys surface-to-air missiles in Crimea build-up

Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missiles on the Ukraine border

Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missiles on the Ukraine border

Local media report Russian Federation has deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles on the peninsula, which it controversially annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Russia's Defense Ministry said the S-400 systems can bring down airborne targets at a range of four hundred kilometers and ballistic missiles at a range of sixty kilometers. We have seen an attempted drone attack on our base in Tartus in Syria.

Russian annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, triggering economic sanctions by the European Union and United States and a tense stand-off in the region. "So today's deployment of S-400 missile systems covers all the air space over Crimea, and it makes impossible for drones, planes or any other flying machines here".

The new air-defense system, created to defend Russia's borders, can be turned into combat mode in less than five minutes, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Sevostyanov, a commander with Russia's air forces, as saying. In December, the USA promised to provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities" said to include Javelin anti-tank missiles.

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