The Russian Caspian flotilla will be transferred from the city of Astrakhan to the town of Kaspiisk in Dagestan, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said today. He underlined that the transfer is a serious component of security planning in the Caspian region. In October 2017, the Ministry of Defense began construction of a naval base at the Caspian Sea that would be able to accommodate all the flotilla missile ships, and also ensure their rapid deployment if their weapons are needed.
Ukrainian troops fired at the LPR positions twice over the past day. The village of Nizhny Lozovoye was subjected to shelling. Weaponry of IFVs and anti-tank missile systems (ATGM) were used in the attacks. On the morning of April 1st, an ambulance car of the LPR in the area of the Nizhniy Lozovoi was hit by Ukrainian troops by an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). As a result — three servicemen received heavy injuries, the car itself was destroyed.
Joint Center for of the Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire agreement reported that the Ukrainian troops opened fire on the village of Spartak, at the north of Donetsk, at the morning. Grenade launchers and small arms were used in shelling.
Russia will make efforts to meet the request of Turkey to speed up the delivery of S-400 systems, said Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov. In mid-March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia had reacted positively to Turkish request to shorten the delivery of the S-400. The first delivery of the SAM will happen in 2019.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the beginning of the withdrawal of militants from their last stronghold in Eastern Guta — the city of Duma. «A total of 1146 people were transported to Idylb by 24 buses, there were 112 fighters and 1,034 members of their families.» — the Defense Ministry announced. Formerly, the city was held by the militants of the «Jays al-Islam» group.
Assistant of the Russian president, Yuri Ushakov, announced that US President Donald Trump, during a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, suggested a bilateral meeting in Washington. According to him, the possibility of Putin’s meeting with Trump in the first half of the year was not discussed.