Kiev Decided to Hold Missile-Firing Exercise in Russian Airspace without Approval of Moscow

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Ukraine has announced its plans to conduct missile-firing exercises over the Crimean peninsula and the Black Sea, in the Russian sovereign airspace.

Kiev Decided to Hold Missile-Firing Exercise in Russian Airspace without Approval of Moscow

Photo: TASS / Yuri Smityuk

Ukraine has announced that missile-firing exercises will be conducted by the country over Crimea, in the Russian sovereign airspace, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya reported. Kiev is going to fire missiles in regions, where civil and state aviation flights run.

In this way, Ukraine breaches a number of international laws and agreements, including annexes of the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation. Rosaviatsiya also reported that the military exercise, which would invade the territory of Russia, have not been coordinated with Moscow.

On Thursday, an aviation notification was released by Ukraine, according to which “dangerous zones” are being activated in all flight levels near Crimea and Simferopol city for December 1 and 2. The “dangerous zones” include airspace over Russian territorial waters and open sea, which is in Russia’s area of responsibility.

According to a statement of Rosaviatsiya, the notification has not been coordinated with the Russian authorities, and such unilateral moves demonstrate that Kiev does not want to normalize air traffic above the Black Sea. Specialists of the Federal Air Transport Agency also noted that the planned exercises are “potentially dangerous for civil aviation” and could lead to tragedies, similar to those with Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 and with Siberia Airlines Tu-154, a Russian passenger plane, which was shot down by a missile, launched by Ukrainian military during an exercise in the Black Sea in 2001.

Both Russian and international air carriers have been informed by Russia about the planned exercises of Kiev, a representative of Rosaviatsiya told the Rossiya 24 TV-channel. He also added that Moscow is taking all measures to provide security for the flights and will be forced to ban all flights in the Crimea region if Ukraine does not change its plans.

Meanwhile, the General Staff of the Ukrainian Army refused to give any comments on this issue. However, Aleksandr Turchinov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said that “Russia’s airspace above the Black Sea ends in the middle of the Kerch Strait,” noting that Ukraine does not have any plans to perform training missile launches “in that region.”

“All the remaining territory to the west of the Kerch Strait is Ukraine’s sovereign airspace,” Turchinov said, denying the legitimacy of the 2014 referendum, after which Crimea reunited with Russia.

On Friday, a protest against Kiev’s intention to conduct the military exercises and apply restrictions to airspace above the Crimean peninsula and the Black Sea was voiced by the Russian Defense Ministry. The Ukraine’s military attaché was summoned by the ministry and received an official diplomatic note.

The day before, Rosaviatsiya also demanded the immediate cancellation of the planned actions in Russia’s sovereign airspace.

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  • Hunter1324

    How to start WW3 before Donald Trump get’s in the oval office for dummies.

    • John Whitehot

      yep. Except that the trash which is administering Ukraine probably does not get that US and Europeans are not keen to die on their account.

    • trid2bnrml

      That does not mean Trump cannot stop it with one phone call. Everybody seems to think that once it starts there is no way to end it but nuclear annihilation. That’s simply not true.

  • Alberto Campos

    Thanks to help testing the S-400 hahahaha

    • grumpy_carpenter

      Test the S-400 for who….Russia or the USA? If Russia is smart they just let the missile fly if they track it or shoot it down they are just giving the USA elint on the S-400

      • Alberto Campos

        Do you believe the US need any more intel on this system? Or the one that shot down two US cruise missiles in flight to Damascus in September 2013? Or the one that shot down the Turkish missile two days ago? Are they blind and deaf?

        • grumpy_carpenter

          Yes I do believe the USA need all the intel they can get from as many individual S-400 radar sets as they possibly can. It’s one thing to see how these weapons scan but it’s not often you get to see them aquire and track a target. If they actually fired and hit a target it would be gold. Other than espionage this is the only way the USA will be able to make EW and countermeasures against the S-400

  • cheetah88

    well this is the big test: will putin defend russian sovereignty or not? if not he will lose lots of support in russia and elsewhere. its high time to stop eating ukraines shit, if it risks a war or not.

    • Ronald

      Childish behavior is often better to overlook , rather than honor with a response . Track it , but do not shoot it down , as it is an obvious attempt to gather intel on the S-300 .

      • cheetah88

        ok, just allow ukraine to shoot live missiles over russian cities and hope they dont kill thousands of people. ukraine would never bomb civilians would they?

  • Alexey Kozyachiy

    Pure provocations! They want Putin to retaliate so they can get even more support from corrupt politicians in the West.
    Ukrainian government is desperate right now, because after January 20 there will be no Joe Biden anymore

  • trid2bnrml

    Sounds like the perfect time to practice with S-300/S-400s…at the expense of kiev.

  • Mikhailovich

    Porkoshenko drinking too much. He will finish bad.