The Russian military filmed the deployment of a second division of Russian S-400 ground-to-air missile systems on the Russian-Ukrainian border in Crimea.

A video of the arrival of the 2nd Russian S-400 Triumph missile system division in Sevastopol, Crimea , was published on the internet on Saturday.

The units of the division will protect Russian airspace at the Ukrainian border from their positions on Fiolent.

According to the commander of the 4th Air Force and Russian Air Defense, Viktor Sevostianov, the S-400 systems , a purely defensive weapon, can be put into combat in less than five minutes.

“You will guarantee the safety of the population of Crimea, as well as administrative, industrial and sensitive infrastructure sites located on our Russian peninsula and in the Krasnodar region,” said Sergievsky during the ceremony of entry into service. of the division.

Crimea had hosted the first S-400 missile division early in 2017. These systems had been deployed near the city of Feodosia.

The Kremlin had previously stated that Russia has the sovereign right to guarantee its security and that the deployment of air defense systems in Crimea should not be seen as a threat but as a protective measure.

The S-400 Triumph (NATO code: SA-21 Growler) is a medium and large-scale ground-to-air missile system designed to shoot down aircraft, drones and hypersonic cruise missiles.

The system is able to simultaneously fire 72 missiles on 36 targets that it detects at a distance of 600 km. Designed by the Almaz-Anteï design office, the S-400 Triumph system has been in the Russian army since 2007.

According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, since 2015, 16 regiments of the Russian armed forces have been equipped with S-400 systems.

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