The most probable reason for Russia to deploy S-300VM Antey-2500 surface-to-air missile system (SAM) launchers to Crimea is to prevent Ukraine from running missile tests over the Black Sea on December 1-2.
The movement of Russian military equipment and weaponry to occupied Kerch (Crimea) was spotted out today, November 29. The volunteers of InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community identified launchers S-300VM Antey-2500 (GRAU index – 9K81M) among other weaponry. It is worth reminding, that it is an air defense unit capable of shooting down short and medium-range ballistic missiles. This system is also designed to engage current and advanced design planes of tactical and strategic aviation (including stealth aircraft), medium-range ballistic missiles of, theater ballistic and tactical missiles, aeroballistic and cruise missiles.
Footage screenshots that made allowed for transported systems identification:
It bears reminding that on November 25, Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation delivered a note to Ukraine connecte to the planned missile launches intentions in the vicinity of occupied Crimea.
Yet, on November 29, the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russian Federation posted a message on its official site claiming that Ukraine had already set the new restricted airspace zones over the Black Sea.
The deployment of S-300VM launchers to Crimea just before the target date of Ukrainian missile tests suggests two possible scenarios of Russian Federation’s further actions:
1. Russia plans to shoot down a Ukrainian missile.
2. Russia plans to shoot down a passenger plane and accuse the Ukrainian side citing the missile tests.
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Translated by Denis Whoknows