MOSCOW, Sept. 23 (Reuters) – The Russian Navy trained to shoot targets in the Black Sea off the coast of annexed Crimea using its Bastion missile defense system, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday. while Ukraine organized joint military exercises with the United States.
Exercises in Ukraine involving US troops and other NATO troops are scheduled to run until October 1. They follow huge war games staged by neighboring Russia and Belarus earlier this month that have alarmed the West. Read more
Kiev’s relations with Moscow collapsed in 2014 after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine and supported pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s Donbass region. The seven-year conflict with the separatists has left more than 13,000 dead.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet has trained to detect and destroy maritime targets with its Bastion system, an advanced mobile anti-ship and ground-to-ground defense system, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Divisions were shown carrying out strikes with truck-mounted missiles in video footage released by the Defense Ministry. Crews fired from hidden positions and used drones to track a group of simulated enemy ships, he said.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the Bastion system can hit sea targets at a distance of 350 km (219 miles) and land targets at a distance of 450 km (281 miles).
Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Tom Balmforth
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