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Russia: another anti-aircraft S-400 defense system deployed in Crimea

The tension continues in the area after the naval blockade last Sunday

This morning in Simferopol in Crimea, some Russian Aerovision AN-124 transport planes carrying the S-400 Triumf missile defense system landed, thus increasing the number of battalions currently deployed in the annexed and controlled peninsula to two from Russia. An event that will further increase tensions in the area, already up on Sunday when the Russian forces imposed a naval blockade in the Kerch Strait seizing three vessels of the Ukrainian Navy and arresting the sailors on board. An explosive situation that saw Ukraine declare martial law and NATO countries side by side with Kiev, asking for both the UN intervention (any resolution would be stopped by the Russian veto in the Security Council) and planning an increase in sanctions against Moscow.

Although the naval traffic has been reopened and it is once again possible to cross the strait that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, the situation remains and will remain uncertain for a long time. The deployment of a second S-400 battalion will only increase reconnaissance flights by US planes and drones, in the hope that the renewed Russian assertiveness will not lead to new incidents or to an earthly maneuver against the Ukrainian border areas.

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