GNS: UKRAINE: MISSILES
GNS: UKRAINE: MISSILES
Story No.: 181184A
Restrictions: Ukrainian TV = No Access Ukraine/Russia
Date: 04/30/2000 04:00 AM
Brovary, Kiev, Near Kiev and Black Sea, The Ukraine - April 20 and 24, 2000 and April 21, 1999
80 Kilometres (50 miles) from Kiev - April 20
1. Truck with missile
2. Interior missile launcher
3. Missile being fired
4. Award ceremony for soldiers for good firing practice
Brovary - April 20
5. Apartment building which was damaged
6. Firemen arriving
7. Woman crying leaving building
8. Woman being comforted
9. Bodies being put in ambulance
10. Various damage inside apartment
Brovary - April 24
11. Body being carried in funeral procession
12. Man holding photo of dead man
13. Close up photo of dead man
14. Funeral around grave
15. Woman crying
16. Coffin being lowered into grave
17. Priest blessing grave
Ukrainian TV - Kiev - April 24
18. Ukraine's Defence Minister Oleksandr Kuzmuk entering press conference
20. SOUNDBITE: (Ukrainian) Oleksandr Kuzmuk, Ukrainian Defence Minister
APTN File - April 21, 1999 - Black Sea
21. Missiles being fired at sea during practice, shot follows missile into sky
22. Bow of ship, cruiser "Admiral Golovko", more missiles being fired
The Ukraine Defence Ministry has admitted a rocket fired during training practice hit a Kiev apartment block, killing three people.
Another five people were injured by the stray missile.
The Ukraine government said the victims' families would receive compensation of 900 (U-S) dollars per person.
The Defence Ministry also announced on Monday that in another incident a Russian missile ship in the Black Sea launched a missile which hit a Ukrainian vessel, injuring a crew member.
It was supposed to be a routine missile-firing practice for some of Ukraine's young soldiers.
They launched a tactical missile, code-named Tochka-U, from a test site 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Kiev.
According to the Ukrainian Defence Ministry the rocket carried no warhead.
Following the launch, commanders congratulated soldiers on their firing techniques, not realising the rocket had strayed.
But they had not realised the tragic consequences of the launch.
The missile had ripped through seven floors of a nine-storey building, in Brovary, a central Ukrainian town near the capital.
Three people were killed and another 91 had to be evacuated.
First reports indicated the accident was due to an explosion of a cooking gas canister or other causes.
And initially, the Defence Ministry denied the missile hit the apartment building, claiming that a crater found near the rocket's intended target proved it stayed on course.
But then Volodymyr Tereshchenko, commander of Ukraine's artillery forces, confirmed metal shards found at the apartment block matched the missile.
According to the press agency, Interfax, Tereshchenko said a malfunction in the rocket's rudders may have caused it to veer off target and hit the building.
The Defence Minister later apologised to the survivors of the blast and the victims' relatives.
"I would like to express my condolences to the relatives and present my apologies to all injured and those who suffered from moral trauma and material losses for this tragedy."
SUPER CAPTION: Oleksandr Kuzmuk, Ukrainian Defence Minister
Also on Monday another missile from a Russian military ship hit a Ukrainian motor ship by mistake during training at the Black Sea.
A Ukrainian crew member was injured in a leg and left the ship by a cutter for medical treatment.
The Vereshchahin passenger ship was going from Istanbul and bound for the Ukrainian port of Skadovsk, while he entered the zone of the training cordon.
A Russian Navy spokesman, Igor Dygalo, has admitted the mistake.
The incident is now being investigated.