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Russia due to the bridge across the Kerch Strait will be able to quickly increase its military contingent in the Crimea. With this warning Thursday, June 7, was made by the Secretary of the Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov, UNIAN reports.
“That is very dangerous — the construction of the Kerch bridge allows for much faster to increase the military contingent in the Crimea”, — he said.
Turchynov reminded that in the Crimea at the end of 2016 was formed by 22-th army corps of the black sea fleet of Russia. “There has been a buildup of military units of the black sea fleet”, — he added.
“Unfortunately, over the past two years [Russia’s] built a powerful military infrastructure along our border. The Russian military-political leadership operates against Ukraine battalions, not brigades, not divisions, and armies,” complained the head of the national security Council. “The main striking force in the East, the 8th army of the southern military district of the armed forces. But they believe that this is not enough and the reserve of the army are the 49th and 58th army of the southern military district of the armed forces,” — said Turchinov.
According to him, in the South of Ukraine “hanging” 20th army of the Western military district of the armed forces and in reserve there 1 Panzer army. “For us it is very dangerous that all these units provide 6-th and 4-th army of the Russian air force,” warned the head of the national security Council.
He also stressed that Moscow is now increasing the Azov flotilla, are actually blocking the movement of ships in the direction of the Ukrainian ports on the Azov sea. “This from the Caspian sea deployed amphibious assault and missile ships, which are armed with missiles “Caliber”,” — said Turchinov.
“Along our borders, there are four missile brigades, having in its Arsenal a powerful, modern missile complexes “Iskander”. [Anti-aircraft missile system] s-400, located in the Crimea, can destroy the air force almost the entire territory of our country. Missile crews can strike at any point in our country”, — concluded the politician.
The decision on construction of Crimean bridge was made in March 2014, immediately after the annexation of Crimea to Russia. In may 2018 the bridge opened automobile traffic.
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