Ukraine’s military firing exercises have been started near the border with Crimea.
This was announced by Head of the Press-Centre of the South Air Command Vladimir Kryzhanovsky.
He stressed that “the exercises were taking place in accordance with and strict observance of the norms of international law”. According to Kryzhanovsky, S-300 medium-range surface-to-air missiles are being tested during the exercises. “The aim of the exercises is to gain experience when using the anti-aircraft missile systems, to check the quality of the recovered rockets, as well as to improve the skills of the anti-aircraft missile troops,” he said.
Kryzhanovsky also said that Kiev had not been yet informed about any Russia’s response to the exercises.
As a reminder, the exercises with aerial shootings of the Ukrainian Air Forces are being held in the southern part of Ukraine on December 1-2.
Yesterday, sources at the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported that Russia threatened Kiev with a rocket hit if Ukraine’s missile firings took place in the area of Crimea.
Earlier Rosaviatsiya (the Federal Air Transport Agency) said that Ukraine had decided to hold a missile firing in the flight information region of Simferopol on December 1 and 2. Russia considers this area its airspace, despite the fact that it belongs to Ukraine according to international standards.
Simferopol FIR (URFV) includes the Crimean peninsula, a large part of the Black and the Azov Seas, as well as the South of Ukraine. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recognizes Ukraine’s control over the area.