Censor.NET reports referring to an investigation by Reuters.
"The missile bunkers that dot the verdant hills along Crimea's southern coast are known locally as Object 100. Until recently, tourists paid $50 to visit the crumbling and abandoned former Soviet sites, which served during the Cold War as a defense against naval attack from the Black Sea.
"Now the bunkers are coming back online. After Russia took control of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, signs went up in the woods around the sites warning visitors against entering a 'forbidden zone of the Russian Ministry of Defense'," the publication notes.
A resident of a nearby village who said he was employed at the base last year said Russian soldiers had re-occupied the sites and blocked roads leading into the area. He was unable to say when the Russian soldiers arrived.
"It is a functioning military base with an anti-ship missile system," the villager explained.
However, as reported, the bunkers are just one small part of a new Russian program to militarize the Crimean peninsula. Based on recent site observations by Reuters, Moscow has reanimated multiple Soviet-built facilities in the region, built new bases and stationed soldiers there.
In a week touring the region, a Reuters reporter saw 18 sites, including naval bases, radar stations and airfields. Some were entirely new, some were old military sites that had been refurbished, and others were in the process of being refurbished.
"At Perevalne, a small village at the foot of a mountain not far from Simferopol in the center of the peninsula, Russia is transforming an abandoned Ukrainian military facility into two new bases.
"According to documents lodged by the defense ministry on the official website for public procurement tenders, one of the two bases will be for coast guards and the other for artillery units.
"The ministry documents, which were lodged from October 2014, indicate the combined projects will include dormitories for more than 1,000 soldiers, residential buildings with more than 300 apartments, an ammunition depot, hangars for more than 500 military vehicles, an artillery range and dining facilities," the report reads.
Most of the expansion in Crimea is being carried out by the Russian navy and ground forces. But air capabilities are also being beefed up, according to the report.
"The former Belbek civilian airport has been turned into a military air base," a Reuters reporter who went to the base says.
"Two other military airfields are also now in use again by the Russian military. At the Novofedorivka airfield, in a coastal village to the north of Sevastopol, a Reuters reporter saw half a dozen dark-grey SU-30 fighter jets and light-grey SU-24 frontline bombers.
"At the other recommissioned air base, in Dzhankoi, 40 km south of the de facto border separating Crimea from Ukrainian-controlled territory, Russian servicemen in blue uniform came and went throughout the day. Seven MI-24 attack helicopters were parked on the airfield," the publication reads.
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