Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

US conducts 'extraordinary flight' over Ukraine after Russian Federation ship seizure

US conducts 'extraordinary flight' over Ukraine after Russian Federation ship seizure

The U.S. and its allies flew a military aircraft over Ukraine Thursday as a show of support after Russian Federation attacked Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea last month.

The treaty "promotes openness and transparency in military activities through reciprocal, unarmed observation flights", Pahon said.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak told reporters on Friday that his country intends to send naval ships through the Kerch Strait soon, saying that "otherwise Russian Federation will fully occupy the Sea of Azov".

The Ukraine requested the flight under the treaty that is an global accord giving each member country the right to conduct, and the obligation to accept, unarmed military observation flights.

Thursday's U.S. military flight comes a day after CNN reported the U.S. Navy is also preparing to sail a ship into the Black Sea in response to Russia's actions against Ukraine. Such flights occur outside the schedule of normal, planned operations when unusual situations arise.

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On November 25, Russian Federation and Ukraine had a naval clash near Kerch Strait. Officials wouldn't say which ship will make the passage in mid-December.

Russia's State Duma Deputy Dmytro Belik commented on the claim of Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak that the Ukrainian Navy would continue using the Kerch Strait, RT reports.

The Pentagon condemned Russia's actions, adding the timing of the flight was intended "to reaffirm USA commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations" and that the "resolute" in its support of the security of European nations.

A total of 25 USA military personnel took part in the flight, including eight Defense Threat Reduction Agency personnel and a 17-person air crew from the 55th Wing out of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

The US Air Force OC-135 observation plane was flown near Crimea, the Ukrainian region seized by Russian Federation in 2014, the Pentagon said. It flew from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to Ramstein air base in Germany on November 30 and flew over Ukraine on Thursday, he said.

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