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Ukraine Missiles Go Missing from Crimea Naval Base

 

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, KIEV

 

Two anti-aircraft missiles and a launch system have gone missing from a Ukrainian naval base in the Crimean peninsula, the defense ministry said Feb. 22.

 

Guards came across two unidentified persons breaking into a weapons depot near Chernomorskoye, western Crimea, early in the morning Feb. 22, a statement said.

 

The pair escaped, but guards then discovered a depot with a forced padlock from which two missiles stored in containers and a launch system for the Strela-3M portable air defense missile system were missing.

 

Police were searching for the thieves and a special commission headed by the deputy head of Ukraine’s navy, Igor Matviyenko, had gone to the scene to investigate, the defense ministry said.

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Ukraine Defense Minister Aghast At Missile Disappearance

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, KIEV

 

Ukraine’s defense minister expressed alarm Feb. 24 over the apparent theft of two anti-aircraft missiles and a launch system from a Ukrainian naval base in the Crimean peninsula.

“This is a critical situation for the armed forces, particularly with such a class of weaponry,” the Interfax news agency quoted Defense Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko as saying.

However, Ukrainian navy chief Ihor Kynaz denied any missiles had gone missing, saying it could be a problem of a faulty inventory at the arms depot after the transfer by the Russian Black Sea fleet in Crimea of some weaponry to the Ukrainian fleet.

Guards came across two unidentified persons breaking into a weapons depot near Chernomorskoye, western Crimea, early Feb. 22.

The two escaped, but guards then discovered a depot with a forced padlock from which two missiles stored in containers and a launch system for the Strela-3M portable air defense missile system were missing.

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