Russian Federation deploys more surface-to-air missiles in Crimea

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

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

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

Russia has deployed a new unit armed with the advanced S-400 air-defense system in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, Russian media are reporting.

Russia's defense ministry says the S-400 systems, known as "Triumph", can bring down airborne targets at a range of 400 kilometers and ballistic missiles at a range of 60 kilometers. We have seen an attempted drone attack on our base in Tartus in Syria. In December, the United States promised to provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities" said to include Javelin anti-tank missiles.

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.

Both Washington and the European Union have slapped economic sanctions on Russian Federation in the wake of the annexation of Crimea.