Russia’s weekend maritime clash with Ukraine illustrated the vast military imbalance between the neighbors. No fewer than 11 Russian vessels surrounded Ukraine’s two light military ships and one tugboat, ramming them before eventually opening fire on Sunday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told NBC News . Poroshenko insists his country is under “extremely serious” threat of a land invasion, and that’s why he had to declare martial law for 30 days in regions adjacent to Russia. The gulf in military might was further driven home when Russia announced Wednesday it would deploy another of its S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea, the peninsula it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The S-400 can track 300 targets simultaneously including aircraft, drones and other missiles mid-flight, and has a range of 250 miles. It will be the fourth S-400 in Crimea. According to Poroshenko, Russia also tripled the number of tanks at a base near the Ukrainian border from September to October. “We are now strengthening our defense on all the borders with Russia,” Poroshenko told NBC News’ Richard Engel on Tuesday. The U.S. currently has around 200 soldiers stationed as advisers in Ukraine. Ukraine says that Russia is attempting to take control of… Read full this story
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