Monday, August 15, 2016

Putin deploys S-400 Triumph air defence systems in Crimea

World powers urged Russia and Ukraine to refrain from ratcheting up a confrontation over Crimea as President Vladimir Putin bolstered military assets with his army’s most advanced air-defence missile systems.

The European Union said there was no independent confirmation of claims that Ukrainian agents had killed two Russian servicemen in Crimea. Putin pledged a “very serious” response as he blamed Kiev for pursuing “terror” activities. The 28-member bloc called on both sides to refrain from intensifying what has led to the worst diplomatic standoff between the two countries since a 2015 truce. The S-400 Triumf is an anti-aircraft weapon system developed by Russia's Almaz Central Design Bureau in the 1990s as an upgrade of the S-300 family.
It has been in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 2007.

The S-400 uses three different missiles to cover its performance envelope. These are the extremely long range 40N6, long range 48N6 and medium range 9M96 missile.
Triumf air defence missile systems are capable of destroying incoming hostile aircraft, missiles and drones with a range of 400 km.
Ukrainian tanks and APCs move towards the de-facto border with Crimea near Kherson, southern Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.Pro-Russian separatists attacked Ukrainian forces near separatist-held cites of Donetsk and Luhansk and the government-controlled Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine’s military said. One Ukrainian soldier was killed and four were injured, according to a spokesman

The U.S., the EU and their allies have refused to recognize Russia’s takeover of Crimea. NATO said it was closely monitoring the heightened tensions.