Ukraine Deploys S-300 Missile Systems to Frontlines with Russia and Separatist Enclaves

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have reportedly deployed a battalion of S-300 air defence systems to the country’s eastern Donbas regions, according to sources in the self proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic separatist enclave. "According to our information, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are carrying out activities that we view as preparations for offensive operations. A battalion of the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems of the 160th Air Defense Missile Brigade has been redeployed from the Odessa Region to the Kramatorsk airfield in order to protect a command center of the united forces operation which is what Kiev calls its military operation in Donbass,” reported Deputy Chief of the People’s Militia of Donyetsk Eduard Basurin. This comes amid Russian claims that Ukraine is planning an offensive against separatist held areas of Ukraine in the country’s eastern regions - namely the Donyetsk and Lugansk people’s republics - which have received considerable Russian support although lack Moscow’s diplomatic recognition. 

Low availability rates and the generally poor state of the Ukrainian Air Force has left S-300s as the country's most potent asset for air defence, although it relies on S-300P/PS/PT medium range variants of the system which date back to the 1980s. A portion of these were reportedly sold to the United States for testing purposes and were not replaced, with the remainder being systems inherited from the Soviet era. These old systems have much lower mobility and therefore poorer survivability than new versions in Russian service which are technologically over three decades ahead, such as the S-300V4. The S-300P/PS/PT was not designed for defence of large areas, lacks a multi-layered defence capability, and provides much more limited situational awareness. The age of their electronic warfare systems in particular makes them highly vulnerable to attacks by modern Russian fighters. Another notable weakness without protection against other systems is an inability to reliably intercept modern low altitude cruise missiles, meaning they will likely quickly be neutralised if engaged by Russian forces. Their deployment, however, may signal either intent to resume hostilities against Russian-backed separatist groups, or an attempt to prepare for and perhaps deter Russian military intervention in Ukraine which Western powers have claimed for several weeks could be imminent. 

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