First Malaysian pilots of the MiG 29 fighters squadron who have recorded 500 hours in air were awarded in the Kuantan town Thursday. Representatives of the Malaysian Air Force Command, a delegation of the Moscow MiG aircraft-building corporation, and representatives of the Russian embassy to Kuala Lumpur arrived at Kuantan where the squadron is based. According to Viktor Kozlov, MiG deputy general manager, the leadership of the MiG corporation awarded the first 7 Malaysian pilots with honorable certificates and valuable presents. He also noted that since the aircraft went in service of the Malaysian Air Force in 1996, their total flying time had amounted to 9,000 hours, which, according to Kozlov, is a convincing evidence to the fact that the country's Air force has highly professional pilots.
Sergei Uvitsky, a Russian silver medalist of the 2010 European Karate Championship, Secretary General of the Kyokushin Karate Federation, was killed in the zone of the special military operation