Pentagon reveals USA observation flight over Ukraine

08 December, 2018, 19:02 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Pentagon sends flight over Ukraine following Russian naval incident

US, Canadian, German, French, United Kingdom, Romanian and Ukrainian observers were aboard the aircraft during the observation flight. But the treaty permits "extraordinary", or unscheduled, flights if two participating members agree.

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

Fitted with high-tech observation equipment, the plane was tasked with gathering information about the military forces and activities of Russian Federation.

The Nov 25 confrontation was the first open military incident between Kiev and Moscow since 2014 when Russian Federation annexed the Crimean peninsula and a conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine.

CNN also reported that Russia's defence ministry announced on Wednesday that its troops in eastern Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, conducted military exercises involving Pantsir anti-aircraft missile systems. Such flights occur outside the schedule of normal, planned operations when unusual situations arise.

The last time the U.S. carried out a similar military exercise was after the Russian invasion of Ukraine four years ago, United States defence official said.


U.S. Navy ships routinely sail in and out of the Black Sea, and under global rules are only allowed to stay in the waters for 21 days.

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

The military added that "Russia's unprovoked attack" on Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait on November 25 is "a unsafe escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity".

The "extraordinary" nature of this flyover is in the fact that it was requested by the arms control directorate of the General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces.

On Nov. 25, Russian Federation and Ukraine had a naval clash near Kerch Strait.

Pahon said the observation plane left a base near Washington on November 30 and flew in Ukrainian airspace after a stop in Germany.

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