Ukraine-Russia conflict: Russia preps for 'air defense' as Ukraine missile drills start
Politics10:15 Dec. 1, 2016

Russia preps for 'air defense' as Ukraine missile drills start

Kremlin reportedly ordered warships to prepare for 'air defense', according to Russian media 

Ukrainian missile drills in the southern Kherson region, approximately 90 kilometers north-west of Crimea, started on December 1, the country's military spokesman Volodymyr Kryzhanovskyi said in an interview with the local 112 Channel.

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‘The training has begun, and is going according to the plan. There's no reaction from Russia. Ukrainian servicemen are ready for any situation', Kryzhanovskyi said.

Ukraine insists the exercises are going in accordance with the international standards and ‘don't threaten' Russia-occupied Crimea.

Kryzhanovskyi assured the trajectory of the missiles lie ‘quite far' from the Crimean seashore.

Ukraine's statement, however, doesn't stop Russia from making accusations and threats to launch a counter strike on the missiles, that allegedly violate Crimea's airspace, which Moscow considers its own.

Read also: Russia actually threatened to use force against Ukraine - Foreign Ministry

Sources say Russian news agency RIA Novosti, that Russia's Black Sea fleet warships have entered the sea for ‘air defense' of the peninsula.

The source also says the ships could be soon put on high alert. 

Ukrainian missile drills will be held on December 1-2. 

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