In an interview aired by the UA: First TV Channel, Yuliy Mamchur, Deputy Chairman of the National Defense and Security Committee, a first class military pilot and a colonel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said his unit was put on alert on February 26 but in a couple of hours received an order to resume normal duty.

“At 7 a.m. my unit was put on alert. We had 7 fighter jets ready to accomplish any missions. However, we received an order from our superior commanders in Vinnitsa to resume normal duty,” Mamchur said.

It was reported earlier that February 26 became a symbolic date and may be called the Day of Crimean Resistance to Russian Occupation. It was on that day that the largest rally against separatist sentiments at the Crimean Parliament and, given the way events unfolded, against occupation of Crimea.

The Russian Federation occupied Crimea in February-March 2014, calling a referendum of March 16 on joining Russia rigged. Most countries of the world did not recognize Crimea. To Ukraine, Crimea remains a temporarily occupied territory.