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Ukraine destroyed Russian S-300, S-400 systems' radars in occupied Crimea, military says

by Kateryna Denisova June 12, 2024 1:38 PM 2 min read
A Russian S-400 air defense system at the ARMY-2020 International Military and Technical Forum, in Moscow, Russia on Aug. 23, 2020. Photo for illustrative purposes. (Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Editor's note: This story is being updated.

Ukrainian forces destroyed two radars of S-300 and S-400 air defense systems in several areas in occupied Crimea overnight on June 12, Ukraine's General Staff reported.

Explosions were reported in multiple towns across the peninsula, as well as in Russia's Krasnodar Krai at night.

One Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system near the Russian Belbek military airfield and two S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems near Belbek and occupied Sevastopol came under Ukraine's missile strike, the military said.

Information on the scale of damage to the third radar is being specified, according to the General Staff.

"In addition, further detonations of ammunition were spotted in all three areas where Russian anti-aircraft missile divisions were deployed," the military said.

The General Staff did not provide further details on the consequences of the attack or what weaponry was used.

Russian-installed proxy head of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhayev, claimed that there was no damage or casualties as a result of the attack.

This appears to be the second attack on Russia's air defenses in Crimea in a week. Ukraine reportedly hit one S-400 anti-aircraft missile unit near Dzhankoi, and two more S-300 anti-aircraft missile units were attacked near occupied Chornomorske and Yevpatoria overnight on June 10.

Ukraine has carried out a number of successful attacks against Russian targets in Crimea and its vicinity, heavily degrading the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Satellite images show destroyed Russian equipment in occupied Crimea
Satellite images show the aftermath of a Ukrainian strike on Russian military targets in the city of Dzhankoi in occupied Crimea, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s investigative project Schemes reported on June 10, citing images from the Planet Labs satellite.

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