Crimea Crisis: Russian military aviation active at Crimea border – Ukraine's border guard service

17:34 Aug. 13, 2016

Russian military aviation active at Crimea border – Ukraine's border guard service

A Mi 8 helicopter carries a flag during an airshow (TASS via Getty Images)

Mi-8 helicopters and an aerostat were flying over the border at night

Ukrainian border guards have recorded provocative flights of Russian military aviation over the administrative border between occupied Crimea and mainland Ukraine.

In particular, a stationary Lynx low volume aerostat, and five Mi-8 helicopters were spotted, the press office of the Border Guard Service of Ukraine said in a statement on August 13.

In addition, at night the occupiers tried to light up Ukrainian positions with the help of a searchlight and signal flares.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russian escalated earlier this week when Moscow accused Kyiv of trying to send saboteurs into Crimea and reported the deaths of a soldier and an FSB officer, who foiled the alleged plot.

Denying the accusations, Ukraine put its troops on combat alert along its administrative border with Crimea, fearing another Russian provocation.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday Moscow does not rule out cutting cut diplomatic ties with Ukraine.


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