Explosions were heard again in the occupied Crimea on August 18. Now the “cotton” went to the south, namely the largest enemy airfield on the Belbek Peninsula. It is located in the occupied Sevastopol.
Locals began to report about explosions at the Belbek airfield at 22.00. Why this is a very powerful military airbase and where exactly it is located – read in Channel 24.
Where exactly is the Belbek airfield< /h2>
This is indeed a very large and powerful military airfield located on the seashore. This is the territory that was subordinated to the Nakhimovsky district of Sevastopol before the occupation by Russia. This is on the North side of the city near the Lyubimovka microdistrict. Also on the side there is the village of Fruktovo, which until 1945 was called Belbek. The Crimean Tatars still call this settlement that way.
Location of the airfield “Belbek”/Google map
Which Russian aviation is based on “Belbek”
The 38th Fighter Aviation Regiment of the Russian army is stationed there. He is armed with:
- twelve Su-27s;
- twelve upgraded Su-27SM;
- three combat trainers Su-27UB;
- five two-seat Su-30M2 fighters.
Another important point is the fact that after reconstruction in 2020 this airfield can also receive strategic bombers . First of all, we are talking about the Tu-22M3, Tu-160 and Tu-95MS, which are in service with Russia.
Important!According to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, aircraft of precisely these models of the Tu series systematically fire missiles at Ukraine from the Black Sea. Experts point out that such aircraft are armed with cruise missiles capable of covering distances of up to 5.5 thousand kilometers.
Part of Russian aircraft on Belbek in 2020/Screenshot from google maps
Belbek became a military airfield after the occupation
The Kremlin media said that the airfield should ” protect” them from threats from the West and the Middle East. There is one main runway 3007 meters long.
From a civilian airfield, it was turned into a military airbase in 2014. At the same time, after reconstruction, a civil airport was again made there. That is, the Russians again tried to cover the military facility with a shield of civilians.
Russian military aviation on Belbek in 2020/Screenshot from google-maps
Not the first historical event on “Belbek”
The Russian military seized this air base in March 2014. The Ukrainian military went to their jobs in the morning and temporarily regained control over most of the facilities at the airfield.
As TSN reported, they did it without weapons. The soldiers continued to walk with the flag and sing the anthem, although the preemptive shots of machine guns were already sounding. Then the employees were told to submit to the Crimean “administration” of the occupiers. However, the soldiers did not agree and remained true to the oath given to the people of Ukraine.