The Ukrainian Armed Forces conducted exercises to repel air strikes on the border with Crimea, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported on Facebook.
“As part of the tactical training of air defense units <…>, training was held for combat crews of Buk anti-aircraft missile systems to repel an air strike from a simulated enemy,” the release says.
There are hype videos and posts published for citizens to watch on the Joint Forces Operation Facebook page.
A subdivision of the air defense missile system performed a multi-kilometer march, deployed the Buki in unprepared positions, worked out the search, identification, capture and tracking of air targets, and then made conditional launches, the message says.
The Ukrainian military often conduct exercises on the border with Crimea. So, from June 28 to July 10, it took part in joint maneuvers with NATO in Sea Breeze 2021 in the Black Sea, in which 5,000 servicemen, 40 aircraft and more than 30 ships took part.
Ukraine is constantly threatening to return Crimea. Former President Petro Poroshenko, addressing the Ukrainian Muslims on the occasion of the holiday of Eid al-Adha, promised to return the peninsula to Kiev’s control within a year.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that the Crimeans, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. As Vladimir Putin emphasized, the issue of Crimea is “finally closed.”
The Joint Forces Operation boasted that units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are constantly involved in exercises and training to counter enemy sabotage groups.
During the training, anti-sabotage reserves completed tasks related to reconnaissance and inspection of the future route of the convoy, neutralization of explosive devices, detection and destruction of enemy ambushes, overcoming water obstacles and actions along the banks of rivers and lakes.
Such exercises are held regularly in accordance with the combat training plan and are aimed at ensuring the coherence of units, maintaining combat skills and field training of servicemen at a high level.
On July 18th, a commander’s meeting and exercise was also held on the basis of one of the military units of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The event, which was held under the direct leadership of the Commander of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Yevhen Moisyuk, was attended by commanders of brigades and battalions.
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