Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ukrainian Air Force unit in Crimea has been surveyed by the President.

July 7, 2010. An extraordinary meeting of the National Security and Defense Council took place in Kyiv. Among other questions the situation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been discussed. According to the source in the Administration of the President, the reason for this is unsatisfactory state of the Ukrainian armed forces. Such conclusion was made by the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych during his visit to the Crimea on 2-4 July.
During his visit to the airbase "Belbek" in Sevastopol where 204th Tactical Aviation Brigade is deployed, president asked how many of the available aircraft are ready to take off. An answer was: only one of 20 fighters is on full combat alert. In this connection the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine intends to recommend that Defence Minister of Ukraine be dismissed. In addition, the threat of dismissal is hanging over Air Force commander Ivan Rusnak. It is reported that Ivan Rushak had already appealed for help to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov during unscheduled meeting that took place on Tuesday, July 6.