Russia confirms deployment of Tu-22M3 strategic bombers in annexed Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The missile aircraft undergo deep modernization; they are capable of destroying any target in Europe, - Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Defense Committee
12:14, 19 March 2019

Tu-22 M3 bomber

The Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers were deployed in occupied Crimea, as Interfax reported citing Chairman of Russia’s State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov.

According to him, the issue is about “the missile aircraft, which undergo deep modernization, and they are capable to destroy any target in Europe.”

Viktor Bondarev, the Head of the Defense and Security Committee of the Russian Federation Council, stated that Russia deployed the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic strategic bombers on the peninsula and deployed Iskander mobile short-range ballistic missile system in Crimea as well.

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“The S-300, S-400, Buk-M2, Pantsir-S1, surface-to-air missile systems and Iskander of two modifications deployed in Crimea,” Bondarev said.

He added that “the range of Tupolev Tu-22M3, the distance of the cruise missiles allows to carry the warhead to any spot in Europe, hitting any object of the enemy’s missile defense and anti-aircraft warfare and the further modernization in the next few years up to M3M and installing of the new types of the aviation ordnance will make at the universal means for strikes at all types of targets at the range of thousands of kilometers.”

Earlier Russia’s Defense Ministry reported that two Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers carried the flight over the neutral waters of the Black Sea.

Related: Return of Crimea by force is completely excluded, - Volker

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu stated that Russia has enhanced command in occupied Crimea.

As it was reported, in late 2018, the UN General Assembly supported that resolution “On the issue of militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol (Ukraine) and parts of Black and Azov Seas.” The document urges Russia to withdraw its forces from Crimea and stop illegal occupation of Ukraine.



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