The United States announced its intention to increase its military presence in East Asia in order to counter the threat posed by China. To that end it is planned to transfer part of the units that are now in the Middle East to that area. In addition, the command of the US Armed Forces plans to transfer to the region expeditionary detachments of marines, which are intended to quickly respond to any threats.
The personnel of the Seventh Fleet of the US Navy, which is based in the Japanese city of Yokosuka, is suspected of using and distributing drugs. The US Navy jointly with Japanese specialists initiated an internal audit. Soldiers are suspected of trading ecstasy and LSD on the Net. 12 people are under suspicion, including crew members of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan.
Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael said that the deployment of Iskander-M missile systems in the Kaliningrad region does not contradict the agreements between Russia and the United States. However, at the same time, he added that the actions to deploy the Iskanders «contribute to increasing tensions between Russia and its neighbors,» given the «offensive nature of these weapons» and the «proximity» of the American allies.
Another German delegation announced its intention to visit the peninsula of Crimea in the near future. The organizer of the trip is the German politician, the head of the Left faction in the parliament of Quakenbrück (Lower Saxony) Andreas Maurer. Let’s recall that following the results of his week-long visit, deputies from the party «Alternative for Germany» advocated the abolition of anti-Russian sanctions and said that the peninsula is a part of the Russian Federation.
The SANA news agency reported that several Israeli Air Force planes were shot down by Syrian air defense forces this morning, attacking a military base in central Syria. In turn, the Israeli edition of Haaretz reported that the Israeli fighter F-16 crashed after being hit by air defense forces over the territory of Syria, where he attacked the «Iranian targets.» Both Israeli pilots survived, they managed to catapult.
During the past day the AFU shelled the positions of the People’s Militia of the LPR, near the village of Kalinovka. The destruction of buildings and victims was not recorded. In the DPR, the AFU violated the cease-fire regime 8 times, firing 300 pieces of various ammunition throughout the territory of the Republic. The northern and western outskirts of Donetsk, the village of Zaitsevo in the north of Gorlovka, as well as the southern villages of October, Lenin and Kominternovo got under the fire of the AFU units. During the shelling mortars, weapons of the BMP, various types of grenade launchers and small arms were used.