14 The Taking Back Crimea Award

The Taking Back Crimea Award

A few hours ago, Russian twitter users started reporting that the Russian defence department has published an article and photos of the Russian chief of defence arriving in Crimea and awarding soldiers and local officials with a new award. The medal was called "For getting back the Crimea". These photos show the Russian chief of defence awarding something to the people in camouflage. Some camouflaged people have the insignia "BERKUT" which is the name of a Ukrainian special forces unit which became better known after the clashes in Kiev this past winter. Also a photo of the award
itself reportedly was published. That particular medal in the photo was in the name of Aksenov, the current leader of Crimea, who declared the Crimea independent. His personal numbered award had the number 136, so people supposed that at least a hundred more of the same medals were awarded. Later, people started to report that this article was removed from the official defence department website. The photos still could be opened if you knew their direct web address, however after a little more time you could not open the photos either.
1 A New Scout Plane is Up

A New Scout Plane is Up

A new modified "flying radar" plane, the A-50U or called "Mainstay" by NATO, has been shipped to the Russian air force recently. Basically as I understand it, these planes provide radar coverage where the army has no radar. So when a part of the air force or navy is going somewhere they would probably like to have a powerful radar with them, capable
on spotting any enemy units that may be around or to use it more for targeting their attacks. Such planes began being used in the 1980s but in 2011 they released an upgraded version of the old plane which can conduct its functions digitally. More pictures inside, also the photos are clickable and are pretty widescreen.

10 How Russian BTRs Are Being Assembled

How Russian BTRs Are Being Assembled

Here we get a chance to peek inside the factory that assembles BTRs, Russian military reconnaissance vehicles. It is a military oriented factory, so there is a special controlling unit making sure that you don't capture in your
viewfinder anything they don't want to be seen, however we did get those photos and I find them pretty interesting. The assembly of a BTR starts with a fully pre-made body. It comes from a factory nearby, already painted and
51 Three Ukrainian Battleships Were Captured

Three Ukrainian Battleships Were Captured

Today, March 20th, 2014, three Ukrainian battleships - corvettes, were captured by military men in masks. More than 200 Ukrainian sailors reportedly were conveyed to
the shore. There are no reports of any shots being fired. Also, reportedly, later one of the ships were sunk. More photos of this operation is inside:
9 Meanwhile a Mobilization Taking Place in  Ukraine

Meanwhile a Mobilization Taking Place in Ukraine

An army mobilization is taking place in Ukraine these days. Both regular and volunteer servicemen are being enlisted. A
Ukrainian photo agency, Ukrafoto, has published a few photos from the recent field training for the newly arrived.
5 Topol Missile Has Been Launched

Topol Missile Has Been Launched

A ballistic missile "Topol" was launched from the Kapustin Yar launch site - the oldest Russian test site of Soviet ballistic missiles. This launch site was established as two special trains loaded with seized Nazi rocket equipment arrived from Germany in 1947. At that time engineers and soldiers lived in tents as no civil construction was going on, probably in favor of the faster completion of the launch site facilities. More German Nazi FAU-2 missiles arrived there later. Some of them were studied and
disassembled, but eleven German rockets were actually launched out of Kapustin Yar, Russia. For a while this was the only Russian ballistic missile testing and launching facility. As you can see, it is still being used today. Topol, capable of intercontinental travel, is said to be capable of hitting targets up to 6800 miles away. At this time, it was pointed at a test site in Kazakhstan, and as the TV anchor reported in the video below, it hit the target, as was expected.
7 Tula, Russia: Army on the Move

Tula, Russia: Army on the Move

In Tula, a half-million people city which is close to Moscow, people today have seen the army on the move, going right thru their city. People took photographs and basically
didn't have any explanation for why there was an army on the march in the middle of the day. It was reported that around sixty army vehicles have crossed the city.
3 Another Ship Was Sunk

Another Ship Was Sunk

As has been reported by Ukrainian media outlets, one more ship has been sunk near a Ukrainian naval base. According to the reports, it is already the fourth ship that has been sunk in the narrow straight which connects the lake where the naval base is located, and the Black sea. As
Ukrainian analysts report, this has been done to block the exit of Ukrainian ships out of their base. The ships used in this operation are said to be the old Russian navy ships that were part of the Black Sea Fleet. We have here a video of how it has reportedly happened.
2 Finding an Enemy Boat in Japanese Sea

Finding an Enemy Boat in Japanese Sea

These days in the Pacific, a Russian Navy drill is taking place. It's objectives are to train personnel in the better detection of
enemy submarines and to retaliate against the air attacks of an unnamed enemy. The drill is happening in the Japanese sea.
19 Two American  Drones Reportedly Shot Down in Crimea (Video)

Two American Drones Reportedly Shot Down in Crimea (Video)

As local Crimean and Ukrainian news sources reported, there were two American-made drones, presumably MQ-9 Reapers, shot down recently. There is no reliable report of which country those aircraft belonged to, or what their purpose in Crimea was, however a video has surfaced that is said to be recovered from one of the two hit drones showing a
close surveillance task being performed by an aircraft above the unidentified military forces using Russian-made military trucks. The soldiers later notice the aircraft and use something that looks like green lasers to probably blind the aircrafts camera. You can see the video yourself inside, it is just 90 seconds:

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