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    S-400 regiment enters on duty in Crimea

    Don't Even Try It: Crimea Protected by Russia's Newest Missile Defense System

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    Russia's advanced S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems have been put on combat alert in Crimea, according to RT.

    RT reported that Russia's advanced S-400 Triumf mobile surface-to-air missile systems have been put on combat alert in Crimea.

    The S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system can engage all types of aerial targets including aircraft, drones and ballistic and cruise missiles within a range of up to 400 kilometers (250 miles), at an altitude of nearly 30 kilometers (19 miles).

    The system is fitted with radar that is capable of tracking up to 300 targets within a range of more than 595 kilometers (370 miles).

    The launchers of the S-400 air defense missile system which entered service at the Russian Aerospace Forces air defense unit in the Moscow Region. (File)
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    The launchers of the S-400 air defense missile system which entered service at the Russian Aerospace Forces air defense unit in the Moscow Region. (File)

    The S-400 entered service in 2007 and since then, its units have been deployed around Moscow and elsewhere in Russia.

    The system being put on combat alert in Crimea came after a number of incidents involving the United States and Ukraine last year.

    During the Caucasus-2016 drills on September 8, three US reconnaissance aircraft approached Crimea's southern border. Also, the US reconnaissance plane RC-135  took off from a Greek airbase and flew 70 kilometers, to the Russian city of Sevastopol.

    Additionally, Russian air defense forces were repeatedly on alert last fall due to the flybys of US P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft patrols.

    On January 13, 2016 Ukraine's air defense units held exercises in the Kherson region which borders Crimea, something that prompted Russia to put Crimean air defense forces on full combat alert.

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      Didn't the US and NATO try to send a fleet to Sevastopol, in order to throw Russia out of their warm port, just before the people of Crimea voted. Not forgetting what they tried to achieve, with the USS Florida, NATO and Moldova, back in May 2016? No wonder Crimea and Khaliningrad are fully aware and upto speed, with regards what Obama and his financiers have in store, in the next few days.

      Has anybody seen Putin-Crimea, documentary? It is well worth viewing and I believe the USS Donald Cook incident is mentioned around 1:22:00 and following 5 minutes.
    • Dirk Ramseyin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, This documentry?
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      Well, Russia going to use those missiles like they are using in Syria, we can say that Crimea will be take over by Ukraine again, those missiles still to proof in real life what they are capable of, till now we haven't seen anything of the nature. IN Syria where Russia had a good chance to poof that, NATO has been bombing Syria army and just this week on Thursday Israel bombed a military base in the heart of Syria near Damascus. Now you tell me, how they manage to do so which Russia climes that they have this advanced S 300 and S 400 stated in Syria. If not say that Syria has S 200 and S 300. Israel manage to bombed a military facility just 5 km from Mr Assad palace. None saw that coming? I wonder if was in Moscow how that will be defended? That is something to be seen.
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      jasin reply toDirk Ramsey(Show commentHide comment)
      Dirk Ramsey, Thank you for that.
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      ah, the trolls are out on fb. It's truly wonderful to see how some people avoid the dangers of intelligence. (sorry can't remember where that line is from.) Monty Python maybe?
    • Vera Narishkin
      Where is that Greek airbase that is situated only 70 kilometers from Russian city of Sevastopol?
    • Vera Narishkinin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, You can watch this documentary here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeWXs8fLC1I
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