Ukrainian light aircraft DA-42 performed a reconnaissance flight over the state border between Ukraine and Belarus; it did not violate the airspace of the latter. Oleg Slobodyan, the assistant head of Ukraine’s State Border Guard wrote that on Facebook, thus commenting on the earlier statement by the Belarusian foreign ministry.
According to Slobodyan, the Belarusian side was timely informed that the Ukrainian aircraft performs reconnaissance flight over the sections controlled by Chernihiv and Zhytomyr border guard units (both in northern Ukraine, - 112 International). The aircraft had the flight itinerary tracking system and modern navigation system, he added, enclosing the following scheme of the plane’s itinerary.
Earlier today, Ukrainian diplomat Ihor Kyzym, the country’s ambassador in Minsk, received the note from Belarusian foreign ministry, as the Belarusian side protested against illegal crossing of this country’s airspace on September 25.
Diamond DA-42 Twin Star, the light civilian aircraft, crossed the border of Belarus and entered the airspace, which was, according to the Belarusian side, not agreed with Minsk. ‘Having claimed that the state border cannot be violated, the Belarusian side expects Ukraine to go for all respective measures aiming to avoid such incidents in the future,’ reads the message.