Ukraine: Missiles launched from Russian warships in Crimea can reach any target in Europe

Russia has increased its military forces in the Crimea, which potentially poses a threat to the whole of Europe.

This was reported by the press service of the Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons.

"Thus, in December 2015, the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation was equipped with two small rocket ships, Zeleny Dol and Serpukhov, both equipped with Kalibr-NK missile systems. According to military experts and Russian media outlets, these missile systems, using type ZM -14 (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missiles, allow to the strike of targets at distances up to 2,500 km away," the report said.

The Ministry noted that in the event that such ships are deployed in the Crimea, nearly all European countries, as well as the countries of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Near East, as well as the strategically important Suez Canal, would be in the radius of fire.

"The Russian Federation has deliberately bet on a ship of this type, since the 1987 the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty prohibits the ground-based deployment of cruise missiles similar to ZM-14 in range, whereas the carrier vehicles used for such missiles are relatively inexpensive and enjoy the advantage of delivering fire from sea, under the protection of coastal defense forces," the ministry stressed.

The press service also notes that on August 19, 2016, the "Green Works" and "Serpukhov" ships, which were at that time part of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, carried out three missile strikes against Syria.

  Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, Navy