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Russia test fires its S-400 missile units in Crimea amid NATO drills in the Black Sea.

Image Credit: Sputnik/ Sergey Malgavko

Russian forces tested their S-400 missile units in Crimea amid tensions with Ukraine and NATO. The purpose of the defence readiness of the S-400 missile units are believed to be a show of force while Ukraine and NATO countries are currently holding military drills in the Black as part of the Sea Breeze 2021 military exercise, which began last Monday. The exercise will last two weeks and involves around 5000 NATO soldiers.

The Russian forces deployed around 20 warplanes and helicopters in its defense readiness exercise, including Su-24 bombers, which were used to ward off HMS Defender from the Black Sea last week.They also made use of Pantsir surface-to-air missile systems along with the S-400 units. The Black Sea fleet is also currently active to monitor NATO ships. Ukraine which is a NATO ally, but not a member joined the military exercise and the Ukrainian navy commander Oleksiy Neizhpapa hopes that it will send a message to ‘maintain stability and peace in our region’.

The Black Sea Fleet is doing a number of things to monitor the actions of ships from NATO and other countries taking part in Sea Breeze 2021.

National Defence Management Centre.

Last Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the new generation S-500 Prometheus surface-to-air missile system is currently completing trials, while the Avangard and Kinzhal hypersonic weapons have been put on combat alert.

Hypersonic weapons – the Avangard and Kinzhal (Dagger) complexes – have already been put on combat alert. Other unparalleled weapons systems, including the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, Zircon ship-based hypersonic missile and the S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft systems to name just a few, are coming soon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia has been on alert after United Kingdom’s destroyer HMS Defender trespassed into Russian’s territorial waters prompting Russian Air Force and Navy to take action to ward it off. A Su-24 bomber dropped high explosive bombs close to the UK destroyer, while a Russian coast guard boat fired warning shots. UK disputed that this happened and that they have been forced out of Crimean waters, while Russia warned that next time it happens they will hit the destroyer.

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