Russia has launched a drive to reinforce its air and land forces deployed on the contested Crimea peninsula, according to open source monitoring and satellite imagery.
The effort appears be to centred on bolstering forces positioned at Dzhankoi Air Base in northern Crimea, some 25 km south of boundary lines with Ukraine, and has seen seven missions by Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) airlifters to the site.
Open source tracking also indicates that the VKS has deployed A-50 airborne early warning radar aircraft to Saki Air Base on the western coast of Crimea. An A-50 of the 144th Airborne Early Warning Aviation Regiment, the VKS's only unit to operate the aircraft, was tracked flying from its home base at Ivanovo to Saki on 7 December.
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