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Russia deploys more fighter aircraft to Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Moscow sent Su-27 and Su-30 combat aircraft to the annexed peninsula 'because of the escalation of the situation in the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov'
08:41, 23 December 2018
Russian Newspaper

More than ten Russian fighter jets, Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 arrived at Belbek airfield near Sevastopol on December 22, Reuters reported citing its sources in the annexed Crimea. 

Meanwhile, the Russian media report that two Russian Sukhoi Su-30M2 fighter jets tested the new airstrip at Belbek airfield. The planes arrived from Krymsk in Krasnodar Krai. 

Related: Russia deploys fighter aircraft at airfield near occupied Sevastopol

Earlier, the Ministry of Defense of Russia claimed that the construction works at the airfield began in spring.  

The construction of first priority objects is completed already. That includes a new runway with a length of 3450 meters, taxiways and aircraft parking lots and a special purpose site, which makes it possible to carry out scheduled flights and flights of the military aircraft around the clock under different weather conditions.  

Russia reported that after the completion of all works on the airfield, a squadron of Su-27SM and Su-30M2 fighters, which were relocated to Krymsk, would return to Belbek. 

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Foreign media note that the transfer of the combat aircraft happened amidst the escalation of the situation around the Sea of Azov after the incident when the Russians captured three Ukrainian vessels and its crews in the Black Sea.  

Crimea was annexed by Russia after the illegal referendum 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.  

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