Tu-22M3, Russian Air Forces strategic bombers trained in launching missile strikes on Ukraine's southern city of Odesa. According to the Ukrainian Navy commander, Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, this drill took place in summer.
Voronchenko held a speech during the conference for maritime security in the Black Sea region. Dumskaya.net quoted him as saying.
The Russian military held the drills on July 10, 2019. The bombers landed a conditional strike 60 kilometers away from Odesa; then, they turned towards the Bosphorus.
Over the five years of Russian occupation of Crimea, the number of battleships of Russia's Black Sea Fleet increased from 34 to 39; the number of submarines grew from one to seven.
All the new ships, corvettes and submarines are equipped with Kalibr, the sea-based ground-attack missiles. Currently, Russia has 72 combat-ready missiles of this class; however, Russia's armament program foresees that in 2020, this number would reach 170. With this kind of weapon, Russia is able to control the waters of the Black Sea. S-400 SAM systems based in Crimea are able to track air targets within the range of 600 km and destroy them within the range of 240.
Besides, Russia is now building a naval detection system that consists of stationary automatic underwater stations. Russians have been testing brand new kinds of weaponry, including the recent launchers of torpedo missiles.
The situation in the Sea of Azov remains tense, too. The ports of Mariupol and Berdyansk lost 43 percent of income this year because Russia blocks the naval traffic in the Kerch Strait.