Russia responded to messages about the upcoming Ukraine “missile firings” in the Black sea near the Crimea transfer of the air defense forces on the Peninsula in enhanced mode, reports TASS citing a source in law enforcement bodies of the region.
“Despite the fact that from the Ukrainian side firing is a kind of PR stunt, the purpose of which is to create a tense atmosphere, however, the military is in any case perceived as a real and potential threat, so the air defense forces of Russia in the Crimea translated into enhanced mode”, – quotes Agency the source.
In the superstructure clarified that this applies not only to ground-based air defenses, but the ship, “as the ships of the black sea fleet is a self – sufficient combat units to repel such threats.”
Air force Armed forces of Ukraine plan to hold a training missile firing in the South of Ukraine over the Black sea on December 1-2. November 24 Ukraine issued the NOTAM (notice to aircraft) on the establishment of “danger zones” in the airspace over certain areas of the Black sea and Crimea. In particular, these areas were declared six nautical miles to 12 miles in territorial waters of Russia.
Rosaviatsia reportedthat Ukraine unilaterally decided to conduct missile firing on 1 and 2 December in the sovereign airspace of the Russian Federation, where the directions of the civil and state aircraft.
25 November, the Secretary of national security Council and defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov saidthat Ukraine is not planning to conduct missile tests in the Kerch Strait and asked Russia “not to interfere with the testing of his tantrums and provocations”. “Hysteria Russia that Ukraine, violating all international agreements, unilaterally took the decision to conduct missile tests in the “sovereign airspace of the Russian Federation”, devoid of common sense” – gave a statement Turchinov, the press service of the NSDC.
He stressed that according to international agreements, sovereign airspace of the Russian Federation ends in the middle of the Kerch Strait, and the West – is the airspace of Ukraine, and then the planned missile tests conducted in accordance with international law.
Ukraine claimed that they had received from the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation the letter with the threat of retaliation
On 30 November the Ukrainian edition Zn.ua citing sources in the Ukrainian defense Ministry reported about the letter from the Russian defense Ministry the military attaché of Ukraine, containing threats of retaliation if the Ukrainian side will hold missile firing near the Crimea.
According to the Ukrainian website, letter dated November 26, and it, in particular, said that if Ukraine will hold such fire, the Russian side, first, will bring down the Ukrainian rocket, and secondly, to strike back at the Ukrainian launchers.
Deputy Minister of defense of Ukraine Alexander Dublyany in comments “Ukrainski news” admitted that Russia can implement its threat to launch a missile attack: “on the Basis of their actions over the years, they can expect a lot of bad and negative”, he said.
According to him, Ukraine has planned the shooting in accordance with all international standards, which may mean that his the defense Ministry did not refuse. “I repeat, we do not violate any international norms, including during the conduct of these firings,” said the Deputy Minister. To a direct question, cancel any scheduled Ukraine shooting, he did not answer.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that he knew nothing about the letter of the Russian defense Ministry, reports “Interfax”. “I can’t answer your question, I, frankly, first time I hear about it. I need to clarify”, he said in response to a request to comment on the message.
Yesterday, November 29, Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin is aware of intentions of the Ukrainian authorities to hold a training missile firing in the Black sea region of Crimea and is monitoring the situation. This issue deals with the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation, which “does all that is necessary.”
Turchynov: Russia has moved to a new stage of hybrid war against Ukraine
Turchinov said that Russia has moved to a new stage of provoking the escalation of the military aggression against Ukraine, but the Ukrainian state will conduct missile tests and exercises, according to plans and schedules.
“Threats to use weapons against Ukraine is an attempt of translation in the active phase of the hybrid war that Russia is waging against our country over the last three years”, – said on Wednesday NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov.
He promised to strengthen Ukraine’s defense capability and to continue its missile tests and exercises “in accordance with the approved plans and schedules within our sovereign territory and sovereign air space”.
According to the statement released by the press service of the NSDC, “Ukraine is valid within all international agreements and undertaken international obligations, so we pay attention to our international partners on a conscious provocation by the Russian Federation with the aim of further escalation of military aggression in the region.”