Russian Navy ship fired shots at Ukrainian An-26 military transport aircraft

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The Russian anti-submarine corvette of Black Sea Fleet fired shots at Ukrainian An-26 military transport aircraft over Odeske gas field, located on the continental shelf of the Black Sea.

That was reported by dumskaya.net.

Russian soldiers opened fire from small arms from Russian anti-submarine corvette at Ukrainian aircraft. Ukrainian An-26 twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft was damaged hull, the crew was not injured.

Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak in turn wrote on his Facebook page that the plane had been damaged by shooting but “the An-26 continued carrying out its flight.” “An An-26 transport aircraft belonging to the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was attacked from the drilling rigs previously seized by the Russian Federation, with the use of small arms during a training flight near the

“An An-26 transport aircraft belonging to the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was attacked from the drilling rigs previously seized by the Russian Federation, with the use of small arms during a training flight near the Odeske gas field in the exclusive (maritime) economic zone of Ukraine today, February 1, 2017,” he wrote.

In addition, he said, the crew detected and registered the operation of a Russian radar station in active mode, which is usually used for missile guidance of air defense systems.

“After the aircraft returned to the airfield, its visual inspection revealed a three-centimeter bullet hole caused by firing from small arms,” he added.

The Odeske natural gas field located on the continental shelf of the Black Sea on Ukrainian territory, but Russia has occupied this region. The total proven reserves of the Odessa gas field are around 746 billion cubic feet (21.1×109 m3), and production is slated to be around 35 million cubic feet per day (990×103 m3/d) in 2015.

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