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Tensions In Ukraine Rise As Russia Deploys New Air Defense System To Crimea

August 12, 2016

The Russian military has announced it is deploying a new S-400 air defense missile system to annexed-Crimea. The announcement comes only two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin stated counter-measures would be taken after Ukrainian “saboteurs” clashed with Russian forces in Norther Crimea. The Russian government has also announced that the Russian military will be conducting exercises to prepare for a possible Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) attack from the Ukraine sometime next week.

Russia’s Southern Military District reported that the system will be received by an air defense regiment in Crimea. The missiles that accompany the system  are designed to hit airborne targets at a range of up to 249 miles and ballistic missiles at a range of up to 37 miles.

The Ukraine denies that any saboteurs clashed with Russian forces and has accused the Russian government of fabricating similar clashes since Crimea was annexed from the Ukraine in 2014. Despite these claims that Russia is typically the aggressor the Russian government claims the system in Crimea in being installed to protect Russia’s Hmeimim air base in Syria. The Ukraine has placed its military on high alert following the delivery.