On August 12, the Russian news agency TASS reported that the advanced S-400 Triumf antiaircraft missile system has bween deployed to the annexed Crimean peninsula, Joinfo.ua reports.
The Russian Defence Ministry announced about the planned deployment in mid-July.
“The antiaircraft missile regiment of the 4th Air Force and Air Defense Army of the Southern Military District based in the Republic of Crimea has received a modern S-400 Triumf air defense missile system for operation. After the preparations are over and the rearmed regiment is redeployed, it will take part in the Caucaus-2016 strategic command and staff exercises,” the Russian military press office said, according to TASS.
“The report also says that the system was designed to destroy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles, including medium-range missiles, and can also be used against ground objectives. The S-400 can engage targets at a distance of 400 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km,” the agency said.
The news came days after the Kremlin claimed that the Russian FSB thwarted “terrorist attacks” in Crimea prepared by the Ukrainian intelligence and caught two saboteurs in Crimea near the border with Kherson region of mainland Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence and the State Security Service (SBU) have rejected the accusations.