Russia deployed fighter aircraft and other military equipment at the Belbek airfield, which is located in the occupied by Russia Crimea. The press office of the Ministry for temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons reported this.
It is claimed that a satellite imagery detected 24 units of fighter aircraft, including 16 units of Sukhoi Su-27 of different modifications, 8 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter aircraft, as well as approximately 150 special-purpose vehicles and other military equipment.
‘According to specialists’ assessment, An increase in the number of aircraft parks and storage areas for aircraft armament on the military part of the airfield can be used to increase the capabilities for receiving combat aviation, including strategic. Such actions of the Russian Federation reaffirm the fact that the occupying country considering the temporarily occupied Crimea solely as just another military base, which will keep the entire European continent in suspense,’ the Ministry noted.
Crimea was annexed by Russia by way of the illegal referendum that was held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.
On October 7, 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Western countries have introduced a series of economic sanctions. Russia denied the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."