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Russia activates its Aerospace Forces near border with Ukraine
19:45, 15 February 2018
Russia activates its Aerospace Forces near border with Ukraine

In addition, Russia launched its cruise missiles

19:45, 15 February 2018

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Russia has activated its Air Forces near the border with Ukraine, carrying out flights of fighter jets and bombers. This was reported on the page of the Air Force command of Ukraine’s Army in Facebook.

"Ukraine’s Army Air Forces during air defense drills detected the activation of Russian Aerospace Forces along the eastern air border of Ukraine. The fighter and bomber aviation of the aggressor country flew from Kursk, Millerovo, Gvardeyskoye and Saki airfields with the maximum approach to the state border of Ukraine and the delimitation line, "the Armed Forces reported.

In addition, a group of strategic Tu-95 rocket-carrying bombers escorted by a pair of Su-30 fighter jets flew in the airspace of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and practiced hypothetical launches of cruise missiles towards the mainland of Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine cannot declare war against Russia, - National Security Council Secretary

As it was reported earlier Russian Federation in spring of 2014 planned, having occupied the Crimea, to invade the mainland of Ukraine without resistance, take control of the south and east of the state and seize Kyiv. This was stated by the Secretary of Ukraine’s Defense and Security Council Oleksandr Turchynov during the questioning as a witness from prosecution side in Obolonsky court on the case of the former president Viktor Yanukovych. 

According to him, since the seizure of the building of Crimean Council of Ministers and the Parliament, an active phase of the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea began. At the same time, according to the reports of Ukrainian intelligence and foreign partners, the concentration of Russian Army forces began on the northern and eastern borders of Ukraine in order to prepare an invasion to the mainland of Ukraine.

Related: How Russia constructs the myth of "historically Russian" Crimea

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