Russia puts new missiles in Crimea

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2018

Military reinforcements are being ramped up in Crimea, despite last month's (December 2017) extension of economic sanctions on Moscow.

Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula.

The S-400 is capable of striking airborne targets up to 400 kilometers away and ballistic missiles up to 60 kilometers distant.

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"We have seen recently more frequent threats to our territory".

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.

Russian Federation annexed the Ukrainian region in March 2014, prompting the United States, the European Union, and others to impose economic sanctions against Moscow. In December, the U.S. promised to provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities" said to include Javelin anti-tank missiles.

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