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Russian planes have not entered Ukrainian airspace - Moscow

Published time: April 26, 2014 12:49
Edited time: April 26, 2014 14:47
Su-27 fighter jet (RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn)

Su-27 fighter jet (RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn)

Russian military aircraft have not breached any state borders, including those of Ukraine, Russia’s Defense Ministry has said. Ukraine’s acting defense minister has also retracted claims by Kiev that Russian jets “violated Ukrainian airspace seven times.”

“Russia’s means of objective airspace situation control did not record any violations of air boundaries of the states adjacent to Russia, including those of Ukraine,” Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday.

Pentagon officials quoted by US media Friday claimed that “Russian fighter jets flew into Ukrainian airspace a handful of times over the last 24 hours,” calling it “a continued provocation.” The officials were not named.

“The unfounded claims of Pentagon officials on the alleged ‘breaching of airspace of Ukraine by Russian fighter jets’ appears to have been based on rumors and speculation,” a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

“Those media allegations are populist in nature, they contain no information on the time and place of the incident, as well as no data on altitude, speed and the direction of aircraft, as well as no other objective parameters,” the spokesman said.

The US sources must have “dreamed it all up,” or “a little bird told them that,” the spokesman added.

The Defense Ministry spokesman called on Pentagon officials to stop “spreading unverified ‘facts’ through the media,” saying that “it does not at all help de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.”

Instead, the US Defense Department should “use the many years’ experience of cooperation on information interchange” with the Russian side.

The Ukrainian coup-imposed acting defense minister, Mikhail Koval, on Saturday told journalists that no violations of state borders by the Russian aircraft or troops have been recorded.

“Four [Russian] transport airplanes Il-76 were flying along our state border but they did not cross the borderline,” Koval was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine.

Ukrainian army soldiers check vehicles on a road not far from the border between Ukraine and Russia, in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine (AFP Photo/Sergey Bobok)

The “peak of activity” of the Russian Armed Forces conducting military exercises near the Ukrainian border was recorded on April 24-25, he said. The closest that the Russian troops came to the Ukrainian border was 2-3 kilometers, Koval said.

According to the Ukrainian official, the Russian drills were meant to discourage Kiev from continuing with the so-called “anti-terrorist operation” in three southeastern regions of Ukraine. However, he added, the military operation continues “although its pace is not high.”

Koval’s statements, made during the Saturday briefing, apparently contradicted the allegations earlier made by the Kiev government against Russia.

“Russian military aircraft today at night crossed and violated Ukrainian airspace seven times. The only reason is to provoke Ukraine... and to accuse Ukraine of waging war against Russia,” the coup-imposed Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk claimed during his visit to the Italian capital, Rome. Yatsenyuk, who had previously made similar unfounded allegations of “Russian tanks in Crimea” and “nuclear weapons in Iran,” was speaking to reporters in English.

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Alex 29.04.2014 18:02

jamessimpson 27.04.2014 18:53

If you look at the structure amd composition of the American, state, it can easily be identified as a right wing fascist state.


Wikiped ia on Fascism:
"F ascist movements shared certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation, and it asserts that stronger nations have the right to expand their territory by displacing weaker nations."

Sounds more like Russia to me.


BRF 28.04.2014 00:05

Watch for it as a number of fighter jets recently sent to Europe, Poland I believe, have no markings on them. Remember the neo cons play a no holds barred game. Who knows, next the Federalists may be accused of using sarin gas. Troubling is the presence of special forces for hire, Craft types, and the Kyiv "national guard" of right wing thugs...


jamessimpson 27.04.2014 18:53

I have been watching twenty diverse media outlets world wide since the beginning of the Ukraine, protest back in late Nov 2013. Unfortunately, America, have used the same old tricks, again and again, probably, because they have borne fruit. If you look at the structure amd composition of the American, state, it can easily be identified as a right wing fascist state. One of the reasons, it supports similar structures around the world, Israel, Saudi, Bahrain, Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Egypt, Chile, S.Africa, etc. The American, population are badly read, poorly educated. That is why they believe anything they are told,

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