Russia is conducting exercises with anti-ship missile systems in occupied Crimea 

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14:27, 14 January
Russia is conducting exercises with anti-ship missile systems in occupied Crimea 
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In occupied Crimea, the Russian military began exercises with the anti-ship missile systems "Bal" and "Bastion" at the Opuk test site.

The Russian Defence Ministry reported it.

"Divisions of mobile coastal anti-ship missile systems ''Bal" and ''Bastion" of the missile and artillery unit of the Novorossiysk naval base of the Black Sea Fleet made a mechanized march to the Opuk military training ground in Crimeа", - the statement said.

According to the Russian agency, the combat crews of the coastal anti-ship missile systems will conduct comprehensive tactical and special training on the operational task of missile strikes by the method of electronic launches on simulators of surface targets.

In total, about 50 units of military and special equipment have been involved in these exercises.

What is known

  • According to the plan of activities of the Southern Military District in 2022, the occupiers plan to complete the formation of two motorized infantry divisions.
  • In 2020, the 19th Motorized Rifle Division was re-formed as part of the 58th All-Military Army, and in 2021 the first stage of the formation of the 20th Motorized Rifle Division was completed as part of the 8th All-Military Army.
  • More than 10,000 Russian troops have started their first exercises in the new year at training grounds in occupied Crimea and some regions of Russia.
  • On January 9, the occupiers conducted training with the regular forces of naval aviation and air defence of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.
  • On January 8, the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation conducted training with rescue forces in stormy weather at its bases in Novorossiysk and occupied Crimea.
  • The United States expects explanations from Russia regarding the new military drills near the borders of Ukraine.

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