Crimea establishes first CBRN defense unit

Russia's Southern Military District announced on Monday that a new CBRN defense unit was established in Sevastopol, Republic of Crimea.

The armed regiment contains approximately 200 units of weaponry and military equipment, including a modern CBRN reconnaissance vehicle based on the BTR-80 armored carrier. Other equipment in the unit includes machines for thermal treatment of weaponry and military equipment, smoke-screen vehicles and other advanced equipment models, RIA Novosti reports.

"A new unit within the structure of the Black Sea Fleet has been established and has started its designated duties of CBRN defense, which based on its potential, can fully meet the needs of military units and formations in Crimea in its current state," Col. Igor Gorbul said, according to RIA Novosti.

Gorbul said the unit is staffed with draftees and contracted soldiers.

"In August, the personnel of the unit will hold field exercise, which will be held at the Opuk training area (in Republic of Crimea)," Gorbul said, according to RIA Novosti. "During the training, the military staff will practice in conducting CBRN reconnaissance and in eliminating sources of conditional radiation contamination in unfamiliar terrain. Particular attention during the month-long training will be given to masking troops and facilities with aerosol."

The Republic of Crimea was previously an autonomous republic within Ukraine before it voted to rejoin Russia in a referendum. Crimea's integration process is expected to be complete by January 1, RIA Novosti reports.