Ukraine: Daily Briefing – October 17, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time

Ukraine: Daily Briefing
October 17, 2018, 5 PM Kyiv time
UAF training exercises. Photo – Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense

1. Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense reported at 12:30 PM Kyiv time that in the last 24 hours, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and one Ukrainian soldier was wounded in action. In the last 24 hours, Russian-terrorist forces opened fire on Ukrainian positions on the Luhansk and Donetsk sectors of the front 19 times. Returning fire, Ukrainian forces killed 3 and wounded 2 enemy combatants in the last 24 hours.
2. Attack on college in Russian-occupied Crimea
An attack at a college in Kerch, in Russian-occupied Crimea, took place on the morning of October 17. According to unconfirmed reports, the perpetrator of the attack was a student at the same college, who killed himself after carrying out the attack. According to unconfirmed reports, the attacker set off an explosive device and began shooting in the college. According to unconfirmed reports, 19 people were killed and more than 40 injured.
           Hromadske reported, “Ukrainian president’s permanent representative in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Borys Babin, has expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
          ‘These are our nationals,’ he said in a comment to Hromadske adding that carrying out investigations is ‘impossible’ in the occupied territory.
          Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs stated, “In connection with the situation associated with the explosion in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Kerch, employees of the State Border Guard Service have taken a number of measures aimed at strengthening security on the administrative boundary.
           First of all, measures are aimed at preventing any provocations on theboundary with the occupied peninsula, ensuring the safety of citizens crossing the administrative boundaries, and personnel.
          The main attention of the personnel who are at checkpoints, and also directly protects the administrative boundary, is focused on exposing and preventing the movement of prohibited items. Service involves service dogs trained to search for weapons and explosives.”
3. Ukrainian, US pilot killed in airplane crash during training exercise
US Air Forces Europe reported, “A Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter aircraft crashed yesterday at approximately 5 p.m. local time during exercise Clear Sky 2018 in the Khmelnytskyi region, Ukraine. One U.S. service member and one Ukrainian service member died in the crash.
           The U.S. service member involved in the crash was a member of the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, Fresno, California. The Airman was taking part in a single-aircraft familiarization flight with a Ukrainian counterpart. No other aircraft were involved in the incident. The identity of the service member is being withheld for 24 hours pending next of kin notification.
           ‘This is a sad day for the United States and Ukraine,’ said Maj. Gen. Clay Garrison, California ANG commander and Clear Sky exercise director. ‘Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fellow Airmen of both the U.S. Airman and Ukrainian aviator who were killed in the incident.’
          Exercise Clear Sky 2018 is a joint and multinational exercise that involves approximately 950 personnel from nine nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
          This year marks the 25th anniversary of collaboration between the California ANG and Ukraine as part of U.S. European Command’s State Partnership Program. This program has been successfully building relationships with our partners and allies in over 75 nations around the globe.
          The U.S. and Ukrainian governments are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. More information will be released as it becomes available.”

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