For Those Who Didn’t Hide Themselves, “Bastion” Is Not to Blame!

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


Yury Selivanov

Russia made it clear that an act of aggression will not go unpunished

Russian media, citing sources in law enforcement bodies, reported about the arrival in Crimea of the division of “Bastion” coastal missile system to replace a similar unit deployed in October of this year in Syria. In the information on this subject it is also mentioned that on November 15th, coastal missile system “Bastion” with “Onyx” cruise missiles for the first time were to destroy ground targets in Syria.

The fact that this information was published accurately the day before the planned-by-Kiev missile and artillery firing in the Black Sea, including a possible violation of the state border of the Russian Federation, is unlikely to be a coincidence.

The Ministry of Defense of Russia has already formally warned “the Ukrainian authorities” about the inadmissibility of such violations. Apparently the “leak” about the arrival of “Bastions” is another, perhaps the last, warning to Kiev.

Moscow clearly gave to understand that in the case of actual violations of the airspace and sea borders of Russia in the Black Sea, the response can be adequate, and at this time maximally rigid. In this sense, a reminder about the Syrian experience of the successful utilisation of “Onyx” cruise missiles, that “Bastion” is armed, on ground targets is extremely eloquent.

It is known that in the course of future firings the Kiev regime intends to test the maximum range of its latest alleged high-precision missile “Vilkha”, which is launched from from MLRS “Smerch”. The maximum range of this missile, according to Ukrainian sources, is estimated at 120 miles.

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Meanwhile, the firing range of the Russian “Onyx” on ground targets is at least two to three times higher than the maximum range of “Vilkha”. Accordingly, the launchers of the Ukrainian missiles are to be guaranteed in the zone of destruction of Russian “Bastions”.

Meanwhile, according to international law, the military invasion into the territory of a sovereign state, in any of its forms, qualifies as an act of aggression, involving a response from the attacked party. And from this it follows the unconditional right of Russia not only to destroy objects that are directly invading its airspace, that is, the warheads of missiles, but also the launch systems located on the adjacent territory.

We cannot exclude that the very timely emphasis placed by the Russian side on the arrival in Crimea of “Bastions” makes it clear to the Ukrainian side how deplorable the consequences can be that occur to them.


In the schematic above: Previous Ukrainian Notice to Airmen of artillery fire is valid until 30th Nov 2016. The borders that limit them correspond to the area of falling of missiles launched by MLRS “Vilkha” in previous tests conducted in March-November 2016 in the Odessa region. The far edge of the security zone is located approximately 120 miles from the test site from the training range in the estuary of the Danube and the nearest – at a distance of about 50 km, giving an estimated range launch range of modernized-by-Ukrainian-enterprises missiles MLRS “Smerch”. Source – BMPD.

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