Russia readying infrastructure in Crimea for nuclear weapons – Ukraine MFA

15:40, 16 March 2018
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"We are seeing an accelerated pace of modernization in Crimea, which has already changed the balance of security in the region," Zerkal said at a special meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Crimea on March 15.

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"Russia has more than doubled its armed forces on the peninsula and is taking further steps to upgrade Crimean-based military infrastructure to deploy nuclear weapons," the diplomat said.

"We all know that Russia has recently deployed the second battalion of the S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system in Crimea, while the first battalion was deployed last spring. These systems are capable of destroying airplanes, drones, cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of up to 400 km," Zerkal said.

"In other words, Moscow is turning Crimea into a huge military base with land, air and sea components, using it as a launching pad for its military interventions in other regions," the diplomat said.

In this regard, she noted that one of the latest similar examples was its campaign in Syria.

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