Russia dispatched `Fire Dragon` S-300, reinforcing the air defense network protecting the Crimea bridge
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Russia dispatched `Fire Dragon` S-300, reinforcing the air defense network protecting the Crimea bridge

(Dan Tri) – Russia is said to have deployed S-300 and Pantsir-S1 systems to protect the Crimea bridge against potential attacks by Ukraine.

S-300 air defense missile at a Russian military base (Photo: Tass).

`Our agents are vigilantly monitoring the Kerch bridge area,` the Atesh protest movement announced on Telegram on April 2, posting photos and videos.

`Russia is concentrating a significant number of air defense forces in Crimea and border areas,` an Atesh source said.

During surveillance, Atesh observed Russia using civilian ships to transport military goods.

`We also noticed a decrease in the movement of Russian Navy warships,` the source added.

Agents of the Atesh movement also noted the transfer of Russian air defense equipment to protect the Crimean bridge from potential aerial attacks by the Defense Forces of Ukraine.

According to Atesh, Russia’s strategic focus is clearly shown through actions to strengthen the air defense capabilities of the Crimea bridge.

Atesh also noted an increase in air defense equipment on the Crimean peninsula.

According to Atesh, the head of the Russian combat group at the airport repeatedly requested camouflage nets but received no response.

`Fire Dragon` S-300, a Soviet medium-range air defense missile system, designed to fight strategic and tactical aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles at altitudes from 25m to 27km

When grouped together, the S-300 systems effectively protect large areas from airborne threats.

Meanwhile, Pantsir, a self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missile system, is tasked with protecting military, industrial and administrative facilities from aerial threats.

Russia dispatched `Fire Dragon` S-300, reinforcing the air defense network protecting the Crimea bridge

Crimea Bridge (Photo: Reuters).

The Crimea Bridge, or Kerch Bridge, is 19km long, built by Russia after annexing the Crimean peninsula in 2014. The bridge began operating in 2018 and is considered a vital route connecting mainland Russia with Crimea.

Crimea is an important logistics center for Russian forces on the southern front of Ukraine.

Since the Russia-Ukraine conflict broke out, the Crimea bridge has been repeatedly attacked by drones or suicide boats.

Russia is building a railway between the Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don and Crimea, as an alternative to the Crimea bridge after the structure was repeatedly attacked in recent times.

However, Andrii Yusov, spokesman for Ukraine’s military intelligence agency (HUR), said the railway line that Russia is building is a serious challenge and an `important target` for Ukrainian forces.

According to Mr. Yusov, because Ukraine frequently attacks Crimea, the Crimea bridge does not operate fully.

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