Since occupation of Crimea, Russia's military presence has increased threefold, - Ukraine's Navy

Source : 112 Ukraine

In seven years of occupation, effective forces of Russia's Black Sea Fleet grew by 45 percent, Navy Commander says
08:48, 17 February 2021

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Since the annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the number of Russian soldiers and military vehicles on the peninsula has increased three times.

Ukraine's Navy Commander-in-Chief Oleksiy Neizhpapa claimed that in an interview with Ukrinform news agency.

"Within seven years, the effective forces of ships and submarines of the Black Sea fleet grew by 45 percent. The overall number makes 58 units; that includes sea-based cruise missiles Kalibr (13 units). Recently, another missile boat Grayvoron was adopted for service with the effective force of the Black Sea Fleet; it also carries cruise missiles. Thus, the overall missile force makes approximately 80 rockets", Neizhpapa said.

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In seven years of occupation, Russia has increased the number of combat airplanes in Crimea by 3.5 times; the number of helicopters grew nine times.

The number of tanks reached approximately 40; the number of active-duty servicemen exceeded 40,000 people. The number of combat vehicles increased six times, and the amount of MRLS's grew 6.5 times.

Besides, Russia also deployed a system of anti-aircraft, anti-missile and counter-naval defense.

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