Russia is conducting military drills in annexed Crimea this week, Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet announced in a press release Thursday.
“Seven large amphibious assault ships” from Russia’s Black Sea, Northern, and Baltic Fleets and “15 landing and artillery craft” from Russia’s Caspian Flotilla in Crimea will converge off the Crimean Peninsula this week to simulate “defense of a naval group,” Russia’s state-run TASS news agency reported on April 22.
Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula, located north of the Black Sea, from Ukraine in 2014 and has recently increased its military presence in the territory.
“The naval strike groups comprising missile corvettes and boats are providing anti-ship defense for the amphibious assault force,” Russia’s Black Sea fleet said in a press statement.
The statement read:
The crews of small anti-submarine warfare ships operating as part of a naval hunter-killer force are searching for a notional enemy’s submarines,