February 1, at 10:20 the aircraft of the Naval Forces of Ukraine An-26 was fired over the Odessa gas field in the Black Sea. The plane was fired with small arms from the small anti-submarine ship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. The hull of the Ukrainian plane was damaged, the crew was not injured.
Shooting on the aircraft AN-26 of the Naval Forces of Ukraine by Russian occupants in the Black Sea should serve as a reminder of the threat from the Crimea, where the Russian military buildup its forces, the former Prime Minister and retired General of the Army of Ukraine Yevhen Marchuk said in an interview with "Liga.net".
He noted that silence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may indicate only that it is too early to talk about details of the episode, since full information of the Ministry of Defence has not been provided.
“This is a serious warning bell that the possibility of threats from the occupied Crimea should not be discounted. However, the authorities should give more details about the incident, because the Russian media to the fullest make fun of this episode ... I do not know why the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is silent, but it is very bad. However, here I am in no hurry to blame them, it seems to me, they are waiting for more information from the Ministry of Defence,” Marchuk said.
Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios reported that the bullet which was shot in the plane of the Ukrainian Navy from the Russian ship at the drilling rig, that the occupiers had stolen from Ukraine, will be sent to the International Criminal Court for further investigation.