On March 10th, an emergency occurred in the 40th tactical aviation brigade of the Ukrainian Air Force stationed in the city of Vasilkov.
Being in a state of alcoholic intoxication, a Ukrainian Armed Forces captain by the name of Sh. , born in 1974, went with his car, a VW Touran, into the base and rammed into the backside of a MiG-29 fighter jet that was currently being towed.
As a result of the collision, the aircraft caught fire, which was localized and eliminated by firefighters. The accident led to damage to the aircraft engine and other units of the combat vehicle.
Most likely, the damaged combat aircraft will be decommissioned.
The Ukrainian captain received thermal and mechanical damage to the engine and other components. This was reported by the Ukrainian news agency Obozrevatel.
A pre-trial check is being carried out to check the captain’s injuries, and he reportedly received bruises on his chest and soft tissues of the face as a result of the incident. How the drunken Ukrainian officer ended up in his personal car at the airport is still unknown.
The captain hasn’t been arrested, and an investigation is currently undergoing.
In Eastern Ukraine, escalation appears unavoidable.
“In the area of responsibility of the operational and tactical group ‘North’, the occupiers used hand-held grenade launchers and heavy machine guns to open provocative fire on Ukrainian defenders outside Pivdenne (40km north-east of Donetsk) and Troitske (69km west of Luhansk). In the area of responsibility of the operational and tactical group ‘East’, the Russian-occupation troops shelled Ukrainian positions from grenade machine guns near Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) and Vodiane in the Sea of Azov area,” the press center of the JFO Headquarters informs.
Outside Krasnohorivka (21km west of Donetsk), Lomakyne (15km north-east of Mariupol) and Marinka (23km south-west of Donetsk), the occupiers opened aimed fire on Ukrainian Armed Forces, using grenade launchers of various systems and heavy machine guns.
After all, it is also just a matter of time until Ukraine joins NATO, allegedly.
Joining NATO is a matter of principle for Ukraine’s political leadership, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna has said.
According to the report, the parties discussed the strategic vectors of Ukraine’s integration into NATO in the military sphere, in particular within the Enhanced Opportunities Partnership (EOP).
Stefanishyna said that Ukraine was doing all it could to use the EOP status as much as possible.
“Ukraine’s accession to NATO is a matter of principle for Ukraine’s political leadership. Today is the historic moment when the President of Ukraine, the parliamentary majority and the government are united in their desire to carry out all the necessary internal transformations on the road to Ukraine’s membership in NATO. First and foremost, we focus on modernizing our security and defense sector in line with the Alliance’s standards and practices. We have already started a key reform for this – the transformation of the Security Service of Ukraine from a law enforcement agency into a special service, using the best world experience and practices of the Allies,” she said.
Separately, the Volgo Balt 179, a dry cargo ship with 13 Ukrainians on board sank in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania early on March 11, the Offshore Engineer online news site has reported.
According to the Romanian news website Playtech, the cargo ship, which had been en route to the Romanian port of Constanta, sank 70 nautical miles off the coast in the Black Sea, most likely due to a very strong storm.
According to the report, Grup Servicii Petroliere has currently rescued ten people who are in the hospital of the GSP Falcon ship and receive the necessary assistance. However, two people died. Another crew member is being searched for in the sea, and the rescue operation continues. After the rescue operation, the company will deliver the rescued sailors to the port of Constanta.
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