Russian Federation to deploy new missiles to Crimea as Ukraine tensions rise

Thursday, 29 Nov, 2018

The state-run RIA news agency said the new S-400 systems would be operational by the end of the year.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin said the clash between Russian and Ukrainian military ships was a result of foreign nation's failing to hold Kiev accountable for bad behavior as long as it remains confrontational towards Russia.

The move came after Russian forces fired on, boarded and captured three of Kiev's ships on Sunday off the coast of Crimea, sparking the most risky crisis between the ex-Soviet neighbours in years.

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On Tuesday, Russian media reported that the Kremlin has deployed a highly advanced anti-ship missile systems to the occupied Crimea.

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KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday, November 27, warned of the threat of "full-scale war" and said Russian Federation had sharply increased its military presence on their shared border as tensions escalate between the ex-Soviet neighbors.

The strait is the only route for ships traveling between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, where Ukraine has several ports.

Lavrov said Ukrainian warships had ignored maritime law when they tried to enter the Kerch Strait, aiming to create a scandal for domestic political purposes and United States encouragement for such acts "saddens me greatly". "What the Kremlin wants is to restore the control of the ex Soviet geopolitical territory", says Parubiy continuing,"Ukraine and the Azov sea - that's just another step for them.That is why our soldiers on the front line are protecting not only Ukraine, but the whole free world".

"They have nothing else to do", Putin said during a business forum in Moscow.

A Crimean court is due to order the detention of nine of the 24 captured Ukrainian sailors - including senior Ukrainian naval officers and at least one member of Ukraine's SBU intelligence agency.

"There are plenty of facts which show that Washington and some European capitals are willing to tolerate the whims of the Kiev regime", Mr Lavrov added.