Russia to deploy new batch of S-400 anti-aircraft systems to the Crimea

Next month, a new batch of Russian S-400 Triumpf anti-aircraft systems will be transferred to the Crimea, TASS reported.

The 18th Air Defense Missile Regiment of the 31st Air Defense Division, already stationed on the annexed Peninsula, will receive the new systems which can engage targets at a distance of up to 400 km.

"Upon completion of initial live-firing exercises on the ground of the Air Defense Research and Testing Center of the 4th State Central Combined Arms Practice Range in August 2016, the missile system is set to be loaded for deployment to its permanent location ... the city of Feodosiya," the regiment’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-Colonel Yevgeny Oleinikov, said on Friday.

Since the annexation of the Crimea in 2014, Russia has increased its military presence on the Peninsula considerably.

  Russia, crimea, S-400

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