The air defense system was checked in Crimea against the backdrop of the Sea Breeze NATO exercise, said the head of the information support department of the Black Sea Fleet (Black Sea Fleet) Captain Second Rank Alexei Rulev. He is quoted by RIA Novosti on Tuesday, June 29.

According to him, during the check, Su-30SM, Su-27 fighters, as well as Su-24 bombers and combat helicopters acted as control targets for the S-400 air defense systems. Also, the crews of aircraft and helicopters of the Black Sea Fleet conducted training with the divisions of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems and the Pantsir complexes, he said.

Aviation performed the task both at the maximum distance from the detection zones of radar stations, and at ultra-low altitudes.

On June 28, in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, in the area of ​​Odessa and Ochakov, a major Sea Breeze exercise began, involving 5,000 troops, 40 aircraft and 32 ships from 32 countries, including Ukraine, the United States and other NATO members.

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Russia, Maria Zakharova, believes that the exercise has two goals – to destabilize the situation along the perimeter of the Russian border, to transfer various types of equipment and weapons to the territory of Ukraine.

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