In the state Duma reacted to the statement of Kiev about the shelling of the An-26

Alexander Sherin

The level of irresponsible statements from the Kiev authorities crossed all reasonable boundaries. Such opinion on Wednesday, February 1, was expressed by first Deputy Chairman of state Duma Committee on defense Alexander Sherin, in an interview with “”.

“It’s one thing when a grandmother on a bench near the entrance blurted out something, but people take such posts, and such things allow themselves to say,” said the MP, commenting on the words of the Minister of defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak that the Ukrainian transport aircraft an-26 shot with a Russian drilling rig with small arms.

According to Sherina, from this type of weapon is extremely difficult to hit a target at an altitude of 500 metres. “This should keep concentrated fire from all weapons airborne platoon,” he explained.

The MP suggested that information about attack is another attempt to distract the international community from the situation with the Minsk agreements. “As they set up the ballistics that with towers, if from small arms? Maybe they’re the caliber of call, type of weapons (…) Is just nonsense, it’s designed for idiots who need some kind of fake to grab on the Internet,” he added.

1 Feb Poltorak said that in the Maritime economic zone of Ukraine in the area of Odessa from small arms were fired at a Ukrainian transport aircraft, the Navy An-26. The Ministry of defence of Ukraine claim that the shelling was conducted from Russian drilling rigs.

At the headquarters of the black sea fleet (BSF) said that the officer of the guard unit on the drilling platform had to four light signal from a signal pistol to prevent the crash because the Ukrainian aircraft made two provocative approach to an extremely low altitude on the Russian rigs “Tavrida” and “Crimea-1”.