The Japanese agency "Kyodo Tsushin" reported on Thursday with reference to the US administration that the TU-154 aircraft was supposedly downed over the Black sea by a missile mistakenly fired during the exercises of the Ukrainian air defense forces. At the same time the American CBS company also reported with reference to the US administration that the TU-154 aircraft was allegedly "hit by a surface-to-air" missile fired from the territory of the Crimean peninsula". At the moment there are no reports of the basis for these preliminary conclusions. CBS reports that it is known that "a launched missile leaves behind it a smoky trace which might be captured by spy satellites and such missiles have their electronic "handwriting" which might also be captured by radio electronic surveillance means". According to the report of the RIA Novosti correspondent from Simferopol, on Thursday firing practice should have taken place over the Kerch testing ground of Opuk. Nevertheless the agency at the moment had no official confirmations of the fact that the firing practice took place. The Opuk closed testing ground is located between Feodosiya and Kerch.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.