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People in Crimea see Russia's S-400 defensive units for 1st time

File photo shows Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems.

People in the Russian peninsular region of Crimea have got a chance for the first time to see and touch the S-400 missile defense systems, two days after Russia held defensive military drills in the region.

The advanced defensive systems were displayed in the main square of Sevastopol, Crimea’s largest city and a major Black Sea port, whose residents, from all ages, came to see and touch the units along with Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile systems and other military equipment on Friday.

“Today in this square we present military equipment of the air defense troops, including Pantsir-S1, launcher station of S-400 missile system, loader, attachments, small arms and security equipment,” said launcher platoon leader Lieutenant Ilya Afanasyev.

He added that the S-400 units were on defensive duty in the city.

The S-400 system, whose full name is the Triumph Mobile Multiple Anti-Aircraft Missile System (AAMS), is an advanced Russian missile system designed to detect, track, and destroy planes, drones, or missiles as far as 402 kilometers away.

Moscow deployed one division of the S-400 surface-to-air missile system in the vicinity of Crimea’s Feodosia port back in 2017. Earlier this year, another system was stationed in Sevastopol.

On Wednesday, Crimea’s S-400 and Pantsir-S1 missile system combat units, as part of Russia’s Southern Military District, participated in military drills in the region, during which they successfully fended off a missile attack, simulated by the tactical Sukhoi Su-24 bombers.

Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, 2014 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum, in which 96.8 percent of participants voted in favor of the move.

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