Russia deploys anti-ballistic missile systems to Crimea ahead of Ukrainian missile tests
Ukrainian analytical group InformNapalm reported that Russian S-300VM "Antey-2500" anti-ballistic missile system were spotted in the Crimea. The group states that the appearance of the missile systems in the Crimea is linked to the scheduled missiles tests by Ukraine near the peninsula.
The systems were transported along one of the Crimean intercity freeways and were headed to an unknown destination.
The S-300VM "Antey-2500" missile system is intended to strike tactical, theater and medium range ballistic missiles, as well as aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 200 km. The Antey-2500 system is mounted on a tracked cross-country vehicle equipped with self-contained power supply and navigation systems, as well as surveying and positioning equipment.
The movement of the military equipment and armor has been also reported by the social media users in the cities of Kerch and Simferopol.
“Here in Simferopol they drive mortars and tanks around the city. Why? First of all it looks nice… Maybe it is just a regular relocation of the equipment, but considering the fact that Ukraine is planning to conduct some military exercises, it starts looking disturbing, “ a Crimean blogger, Ilya Varlamov, wrote.