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The radar stations activated in the conducting of the unannounced inspection of combat readiness of the troops, including Nebo, Kasta, Desna, Gamma, and Oborona with various modifications, enable the military to monitor the entire air space from 0 to several dozens kilometers in elevation and for a distance to several hundred kilometers. Units of the anti-aircraft missile systems Triumf S-400, Favorit S-300 and Pantsir-S anti-aircraft missile launching systems conducted simulated tactical launches of the missiles at training targets, and improved cooperation with command centers of the units of the air defense of the Southern Military District.
Furthermore, the crews of the Su-25 bombers and Mi-28N, Mi-35M and Mi-24 assault helicopters worked on cover for convoys of arm and automobiles during re-grouping of forces activated during the sudden inspection. The units practiced air reconnaissance and tactical ground strikes as well as shooting through thermal traps and maneuvering to prevent return ground fire.
There have been further reports of Russian convoys on the move in Russian-occupied Crimea, on the highway from Kerch to Simferopol near the village of Primorskoye, at least two convoys of BTRs and trucks were seen, Unian reported, citing Hromadske Radio.
Two Ukrainian soldiers were killed in battle and 4 were wounded in the last 24 hours, Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the presidential administration on ATO affairs announced at a briefing today, Unian reported.
The Ukrainian Army makes a point of not showing their defensive positions. The video shows a roadblock by the sign at the entrance to Avdeyevka and scenes of devastation of large apartment complexes.
Soldiers are also shown shooting RPGs and heavy machine guns, then retreating to their fortified bunker to eat.
Even so, there has been speculation about his death because he was yet another Russian journalist who moved from Russia to Ukraine to escape censorship. Another was Pavel Sheremet, a Belarusian journalist who first fled Belarus to Russia, then moved to Ukraine from Russia citing pressure on the media. He was murdered earlier this month in a car bomb still being investigated by police.
Ukrainian media first reported that police opened a case on Shchetinin’s death as a suicide, but later 112 Ukraina said an investigation under “premeditated murder” had been opened.
Meanwhile Artyom Shevchenko, spokesman for the police, said Shchetinin was known to have suicidal behaviors. Shchetinin announced in February 2014 that he was leaving the news agency where he had worked for 17 years. He said there was pressure on the editorial board from the Russian government.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick