07:55 GMT +330 March 2017
    Russian servicemen during the Command Post exercise of the Airborne Force at the Opuk base in Crimea.

    This is Why Crimea is Russia's 'Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier' in the Black Sea

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    The Russian military has launched a large-scale exercise at the Opuk training range, in Crimea. The drills involved the Russian Airborne Forces, the Black Sea Fleet and the Aerospace Forces.

    Airborne Forces commander Col. Gen. Andrei Serdyukov told reporters that the drills involved over 2,500 airborne personnel and some 600 units of military hardware. Troops involved in the exercise were deployed to the peninsula by air, sea and railway on March 13-19.

    "For the first time in the history of the Russian Army within the framework of Airborne Forces exercises, three of our divisions were simultaneously alerted and partially deployed in Crimea with authorized weapons and materiel," Serdyukov said.

    The commander also said that during the drills airborne units are expected to practice anti-landing defense measures together with personnel of the Black Sea Fleet. They will also destroy simulated enemy inland positions and will secure Crimea’s "important frontiers" and areas.

    Serdyukov also said that the main reason behind such a massive exercise in Crimea is the increased terrorist threat. He added that airborne units would also practice "resolving crisis situation in different parts of the world."

    According to member of the Crimean regional parliament Vladislav Ganzhara, such a threat really exists.

    "The threat is pretty much real. Last summer, Ukrainian sabotage groups planned terrorist attacks in Crimea. They were foiled by the Russian Federal Security Service.  Moreover, taking into account Kiev’s hostile rhetoric towards Crimea, such drills are reasonable and necessary," Ganzhara said in an interview with Radio Sputnik.

    According to the lawmaker, the drills will also enhance the atmosphere of security in the peninsula.

    "Crimea is very close to Ukraine where a military conflict is going on. Russia is conducting military drills on its own land and Crimea residents feel much safer. In terms of defensive capabilities, Crimea today is an outstanding region. It is Russia’s unsinkable aircraft carrier in the Black Sea," the lawmaker said.


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    • avatar
      This should be a warning to the Nazi's from Ukraine !!!
      In the same time also for the Nato and the terror state Usa !!!
      Bravo Russia !
    • landauroj
      There is not such a thing as unsinkable aircraft carrier. A kit of middle range missiles launched from Europe can sink Crimea with all its people there.
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      Landauroj that's one of the dumbest posts I have read.....so in your mind a island is sinkable and those missiles sent from Europe will just sail through!!? how big is the rock you emerged from under it to make that post!
      Those missiles would be intercepted by at last resort if necessary. the Russian ships in Sevastopol if not from the Russian mainland.
      One thing that is absolutely sure and for certain is Russia is far advanced in missile armaments which are class leading in both attack and defence.

      So the Colonel Generals statement is absolutely spot on Crimea is a unsinkable aircraft carrier meaning its air and land and sea defence is potent beyond any feasible aggression by NATO let alone the Ukraine.
      Or was your post just written up badly and it did not deliver what you meant?
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      Crimea was the reward for all 1% investments. Thy really did go all out. It will have made Crimea and people wealthy. Far ahead of the rest of Ukraine. For Europe [ NATO ] the gate way opener. To a end of Russia domination and rule from there to the sea of Okhotsk.. Making them, the one %, happy, like never before. Money alone, don,t do things like that. Watch their faces. Ugly and unhappy is a understatement.
    • landaurojin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
      ivanwa88, I will believe you if you tell me that you work and have observed more than 90% of tests and have seen all that Russia missiles that will shot down even a missile as thin as a needle. There is not such a thing as 100% safe. Missile coming into Crimea if this will ever happen, will have nuke heads that will explode 100 meters inside a mountain, like those designed to nuke Iran by the USA. However, I understand you overconfidence. It just happen that I am a bit more pragmatic than yourself.
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      Sounds like a good idea, with all the back to back NATO exercises in Ukraine, on Russia's borders and out in the Black Sea. I bet the NATO nations are amazed to see weapons and systems that work and freaking out at the professional skill of the Russian Forces.
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      anne00mariein reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landauroj, Haha, what have Europe got, that can seriously frighten Russia? The missile defence systems that the US have provided, are now obsolete, but, the Russian web is up and running in Crimea, providing effective coverage.

      As the USS Donald Cook found out, when trying to steam into Sevastopol. Haha, now that was funny and not the incident with the Russian jets. Oooops, another comedy, for the same ship, that went back for more, just a year later.
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      anne00mariein reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landauroj, Really? Then why did NATO not use them, when they were on their way to kick Russia out of Sevastopol, back in 2014?

      NATO - 28 nations and only 5 of them pay their NATO bills. The ones that scream the loudes, with regards Russian agression, only pay a very small part of their GDP to NATO (they signed the contract, to hand over 2% not 0.3%). Funny how they expect 5 NATO nations to bail them out. Even Germany, only pays 1% of her NATO bill, now why is that?
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      demooij your post does not make sense it's a pile of contradictory ramble are you saying Ukrainians are unhappy as you cant be referring to Crimean's who recently in a survey showed they were delirious with joy to have rejoined Russia and so they should be its paradise compared to the mess in Ukraine.
      Also your 1% whatever just does not make sense were you high when you wrote the post?
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