Russia wants to station new S-400 air defense systems in the Crimea before the end of the year, according to the Interfax news agency. The Russian Ministry of Defense announces this decision on Wednesday following the recent events in the Sea of Azov. The new ant-air missile defence systems will be operational in December.
A year ago, Russia also placed S-400 air defense systems in Crimea. The first system was stationed at Feodosija, a port city on the east side of the peninsula. Shortly thereafter, an S-400 was installed in Sebastopol in the south. These advanced air defense systems are capable of intercepting fighter planes and long-range missiles.
Confrontation between Russia and Ukraine
Russian and Ukrainian navy ships collided last Sunday in the Kerch Strait, the narrow passage between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. The Russian army entered the three Ukrainian ships, escorted them to a port and held the crew for questioning.
In response to these events, the Ukrainian government decided to declare martial law for a period of thirty days. This puts the army in a higher state of readiness and temporarily suspends civil liberties for ‘national security’.