Compared with the pre-occupation period, Russia doubled its military personnel in the annexed Crimea, according to the statement of the Ukrainian Embassy in Tunisia.
Diplomats said that as of October 2017, 32,200 Russian servicemen were deployed in the Crimea, and before the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula, their number was 12,500 soldiers.
"In the future, the Russian Federation plans to increase the number of military personnel to 43,000," the statement said.
According to diplomats, Russia modernizes its military equipment and reinforces its military presence in the Crimea.
Thus, from January 2014 to October 2017, the Russian Federation increased the number of equipment:
- tanks from 0 to 40 units (for 2020-2025 yy., 100 tanks are planned);
- combat vehicles from 92 to 583 units (for 2020-2025 yy. 1150 are planned);
- artillery guns of caliber larger than 100 mm from 24 to 162 units (400 planned);
- combat aircraft from 22 to 101 units (2020 planned for 2020-2025 yy.);
- combat helicopters from 37 to 62 units (2020 planned for 2020-2025);
- air defense systems from 0 to 120 units;
- warships of up to 15 units (2020 planned for 2020-2025);
- submarines from 2 to 4 units.
“Particular risks are posed by Russia's actions for the preparation of the Crimean military infrastructure for the deployment of nuclear weapons, including for the restoration of the infrastructure for the storage of nuclear warheads of the Soviet era. Potential nuclear weapons carriers, such as warships, short-range missile systems and combat aircraft are already deployed,” the diplomats note.
The Crimea is used by Russia to carry out its intense activities in Syria.
Militarization of the peninsula, according to the report, complicates the security situation in the Black Sea region and undermines international efforts to de-occupy the peninsula.
Earlier, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov during testimony in the court on the case of the former president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, said that the Russians had been professionally trained not only for the occupation of the Crimea, but also for the seizure of Ukraine.