Russian media: Russia will deploy S-400 anti-air missile systems to Crimea 'for protection from Ukraine'

The Russian Federation will deploy the S-400 system in annexed Crimea to “protect against air threats from Ukraine," RIA Novosti reported.

Its sources said that the task of the second division of the S-400 system is to locate air-based targets from Ukraine that represent a threat to the Crimea and to destroy them if necessary.

It was reported that the second division of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system stationed in Sevastopol will primarily control the airspace over Chonhar and Armyansk.

The Russians said that an echeloned air defense system is being formed in the Crimea, due to Ukraine conducting cruise missile tests.

The long-range S-400 Triumph missile designed and manufactured by JSC Concern VKO Almaz-Antey is designed to shoot down strategic and tactical aircraft, ballistic missiles, hypersonic targets and other air assault weapons.

The system is capable of defeating aerodynamic targets at a distance of up to 400 km, and ballistic targets flying at speeds of up to 4.8 km/s at altitudes of several meters to several tens of kilometers at a distance of up to 60 km.

  S-400, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia