New pain in the neck: Ukraine held missile tests despite Russian threats

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian Federation claimed that missile tests near annexed Crimea violates the international law
11:18, 2 December 2016

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Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Launching of anti-aircraft missiles tests were scheduled for two days – December 1-2. On the eve, Ukraine’s Armed Forces Commander reported that there were specified dimensions of the danger zone for performing starts - direct venue starts at a distance of 90 km from the annexed peninsula, which eliminates the threat to residents of Crimea.

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Russia began sound the alarm about launching of anti-aircraft missiles November 25, saying that Ukraine has unilaterally decided to carry out such exercises in the flight information region "Simferopol", which Russia considers as its own. Ukraine issued an Aviation message - Alert provider of aviation services of different countries, airlines and aircraft crews about the dangers of the use of airspace during firing.

Ukrainian party stated that the air shooting will take place entirely in the airspace of Ukraine over the open sea and will strictly follow the international law.

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Secretary of National Security and Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov altogether called "hysteria" Moscow’s declaration regarding "violations of Russian airspace during the test missile by Ukrainian side." He explained that according to all international agreements sovereign airspace of Russia in the Black Sea ends in the middle of the Kerch Strait, and in this area Ukraine has no plans to carry out missile tests. The rest of the area west of the Strait of Kerch is the airspace of Ukraine.

Further, the Ministry of Defense invited the Defense Attaché at the Embassy of Ukraine in Russia for the delivery of military-diplomatic note in connection with plans to hold fire next to Crimea.

According to the note, there was a warning that Russia would shoot down Ukrainian missile during firing in an emergency. This was confirmed by the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov.

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In addition, a notice appeared in the aviation system notices the NOTAM, that Russia can destroy the Ukrainian missiles if they are running in the areas around Crimea. Turchynov noted that despite the threat to Russia Ukraine will continue missile tests within its territory. Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak explained that Ukraine will not strike on the occupied Crimea in the case of the Russian Federation will decide to respond to rocket fire. According to him, Ukraine has no such weapons.

The morning of December 1, when shooting in the south of the country have already begun, the head of the press center of the Air Command "South" Volodymyr Kryzhanovsky gently pointed out that there was no reaction from the Russian Federation.

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But at the same time, the Russian media, citing sources reported that the warships of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) of Russia went out to sea, and the ship's air defense calculations translated into high mode. Even before that, the network began to write that in Kerch seen columns of Russian military equipment, including the S-300B is designed to protect against attacks from the air.

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According to Russian media reports, after the occupation of the peninsula, Russia transferred there S-300 and S-400, as well as tactical systems "Iskander".

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Command of Ukraine’s Air Force explains that now perfecting the fighting and simulated launches of surface-to-air missile air targets - such as drones BP-3 "Flight", mimic the flight of "cruise missile".

Here is how it looked like.


Shooting lasted for more than 4 hours. As a result, military leaders reported to the President Poroshenko about the successful conduct of the shooting. In total, there were 16 missile launches.

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