A Bastion missile launcher is positioned on the Matua, in the Kuril Islands chain, on Thursday. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP
A Bastion missile launcher is positioned on the Matua, in the Kuril Islands chain, on Thursday. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP
Japan

Russia sends missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan

  • The Bastion systems moved to Matua, in the Kuril Islands, are capable of hitting sea targets at a range of up to 500km
  • The Soviet Union took the islands during World War II, and the dispute over them has kept the Japan and Russia from formally ending their hostilities

Topic |   Japan
A Bastion missile launcher is positioned on the Matua, in the Kuril Islands chain, on Thursday. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP
A Bastion missile launcher is positioned on the Matua, in the Kuril Islands chain, on Thursday. Photo: Russian Defence Ministry Press Service via AP
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