How painful is the loss of the S-300 and S-400 complexes for the occupiers in Crimea, the expert explained

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On the night of June 12, Ukrainian troops attacked Russian S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems in occupied Crimea. They protect a huge number, dozens, and perhaps hundreds of different military installations on the peninsula. Therefore, the destruction of such complexes is very important. Military expert, former SBU officer Ivan Stupak said this on the FREEDOM TV channel.

“We don’t know what exactly the Defense Forces are preparing for, but the fact that the Ukrainian sky is clearing is clear. These complexes protect Crimea, protect a huge number, tens, perhaps hundreds of different military facilities that participate in the Russian invasion, provide, assist, observe, and reconnaissance. They need to be destroyed. But due to the fact that there is air defense, they cannot be destroyed. Therefore, first the “eyes and ears” of the Russian Federation are killed, and then they will fly directly to headquarters, centers, and everything that works for military logistics. This is really important and necessary,” Stupak said.

According to the expert, the Russian Federation currently has a significant number of such anti-aircraft missile systems.

“The following figure was mentioned, I mean a full-fledged complex, there are only 75 of them in the Russian Federation. This is more than enough. The Russian Federation is long, big, wide, there is a place to get such equipment from. For example, take it from the Far East, from the Urals, from the border with Kazakhstan, and then send it all to Ukraine. But, nevertheless, the results in Crimea are very serious,” the speaker emphasized.

Ivan Stupak also drew attention to the fact that along with each liquidated complex, the crews are also destroyed.

“Each time there are fewer and fewer trained operators of these systems. And it’s not easy to prepare them, like the Buryats, who were drafted, put in a tank, shown in three days that they say you can do it here, but don’t do it here, and that’s it. These are obviously very highly specialized specialists, of whom there are not so many in the Russian Federation,” the expert explained.

He does not exclude that all the work that the Defense Forces are currently carrying out in occupied Crimea is part of a larger plan.

“Perhaps in three or four months, in six months, we will see what the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine had in mind. Perhaps they are interested in some headquarters, perhaps in the remnants of the Black Sea Fleet. Nobody knows yet, let’s not guess,” Stupak said.

The analyst also commented on the information that the Russians have placed elements of the S-500 anti-aircraft missile system on the temporarily occupied peninsula.

In his opinion, this indicates that Crimea is important for the occupiers, but there are objects that are less important.

“Now we need to deliver this system to more dangerous frontiers. The dangerous frontier is Crimea, Ukraine. Crimea will probably be defended to the last. Everything that is possible will be taken from different areas, but sent to Crimea,” the speaker noted.

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As previously reported, on the night of June 10, the Ukrainian Defense Forces carried out successful strikes on one Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile division in the Dzhankoy area, as well as on two enemy S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems near Chernomorskoye and Yevpatoria.