Crimean Bastion Missile Systems Destroy Western Arms Depots in Ukraine: Russia’s Coastal Defence Batteries Can Now Strike Land Targets

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In the latest of aggregate missile strikes targeting depots for Western armaments precocious supplied to Ukraine, the Russian Military has deployed P-800 anti vessel missiles for a onshore onslaught relation to neutralise caches astatine a subject airfield adjacent the Black Sea larboard of Odessa. Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov stated that the missiles destroyed a hangar with “weapons and ammunition received from the U.S. and European states,” adding that a runway astatine the airfield was besides destroyed. A video of the rocket motorboat was subsequently released by the ministry. This followed claims by Odessa's politician Maxim Marchenko confirming a Russian “Bastion missile, launched from Crimea” had struck a recently constructed airport. The P-800 was designed arsenic an anti vessel cruise rocket compatible with some aboveground combatants specified arsenic the Admiral Gorshkov Class frigate, arsenic good arsenic with the Bastion crushed based coastal defence system. The Bastion equipped with the P-800 has proven highly susceptible of neutralising crushed targets during the Russian-Ukrainian War, raising the anticipation that different Russian anti vessel rocket designs specified arsenic the new Mach 9 Zicron could besides person dual uses arsenic aerial to crushed platforms. 

Targeting deliveries of caller Western armaments into Ukraine, which person amounted to tens of billions of dollars worthy of hardware, has been a precedence for Russian rocket strikes. Targeting Western combatants, who person flowed into the state successful sizeable numbers since the warfare begun to combat Russian forces, has besides been prioritised. Alongside the targeting of armaments, the P-800 onslaught connected Odessa besides destroyed 2 S-300 aerial defence rocket batteries adjacent the cities of Zaporozhye and Artemovsk and 5 different subject targets. Deliveries of Western armaments to Ukraine person been important capable to rise concerns successful Washington that the United States Military’s reserves of weaponry could tally excessively low, with 1 notable effect being that it could unit defence shaper Raytheon to restart accumulation of the Stinger aboveground to aerial missiles aft adjacent to 2 decades retired of accumulation to reconstruct stocks depleted by supplying Ukraine.