Reuters reporter, who visited the peninsula in the summer of 2016, reports that Russia revives numerous Soviet military objects on the territory of Crimea and building new bases.
Soviet missile silos located in the hills along the southern coast of the Crimea, which in times of the “cold war” were used to protect against naval attacks from the Black Sea, had previously been known as a popular tourist destination.
But now, when Russia occupied Crimea in 2014, there are marks around these places warning visitors about the “forbidden zone of the Defense Ministry of Russia.”
Within a week of stay in the Crimea, 18 military units of the Russian Federation were spotted by the reporter, including military and naval bases, radar stations and airfields. Some of them were brand new, the rest were restored Soviet military facilities.
In addition, Reuters reported on dozens of servicemen in Russian uniform within the Soviet radar station “Dnepr” on the outskirts of Sevastopol, and guarding its perimeter. It is reported that the station has not been used before the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation.