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Operation summary of the situation around the Crimea (17 March 2014)
18 March 2014 11:36

Russia continues to build up its military presence and to move military equipment around the Crimean peninsula. New cases of violation of Ukrainian airspace by the Russian Air Forces took place, the psychological pressure on the Ukrainian militaries, the State Border Service personnel and their families continues.

Russian border guarding troops continue engineering works on the border with Ukraine.

The number of soldiers of the Russian Armed Forces increases, the appropriate grouping of troops (forces), which include rocket artillery units ("Grad", "Uragan") and anti-aircraft missiles "S-300".

The operational and combat training of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus on the border regions of Ukraine is continuing.

In Crimea the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation consist of about 21770 militaries: 11,510 soldiers of the Black Sea Fleet, including approximately 2,350 marines, along with about 10260 troops from the other units.

Ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation continue to perform activities as part of "Operation Blockade of the sea area of the peacekeeping operation".

In Feodosia (Vladyslavivka railway station) on the railway platform some BM-37 - 21 units, BTR-80 – 16, missiles volley fire "Uragan" - 12 and "Gvozdika" – 17 were discovered.

In Crimea blockade of the most important military and government facilities  continues.

The 16 public infrastructure facilities remain captured and 34 are blocked, 57 ships and boats of the Ukraine’s Naval Forces and 50 sites of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine remain blocked.

As of 17 March, blocked (or captured) and destroyed: all control units (5 of 5) and a technical observation posts (32 of 32). No functioning 20 (of 20) checkpoints and 7 (of 7) control stations. Continues operation of 1 (of 12) Border Service Unit (border station "Tuzla").

In the premises of the National Military Commissariat (Simferopol) Russian Security Service is carrying out the delivery of small arms (AK-74 with 60 cartridges). Anyone having the Certificate of being a member of Self-defense forces and Crimean registration can get the weapons.

The situation in the Kherson region is greatly aggravated due to the planting of the Russian troops on Arabatska spit and taking control over the gas station.

In the houses and vacation homes in the Arabatska spit a large number of unidentified men armed with firearms were observed.

Continuing threat of armed provocations by the pro-Russian forces and directly by Russian Special Forces remains.

Currently, the training of the reconnaissance commando units of the Internal Troops of the Russian Interior Ministry continues. The combat training in the regiment of the Internal Troops of the Russian Interior Ministry in Rostov-on-Don (personnel staying in the barracks) continues.

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