Kiev carried out dangerous exercises with real missile fire on the border with Russia near the Crimea, an event which was announced the Ukrainian Air Force.
“In the Kherson region of Ukraine, at the Yagorlyk Polygon, firing exercises were carried out on S-300PS, S-300PT, Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems, S-125M1 anti-aircraft missile flight tests and Osa-AKM2 modernized system,” the statement said on Facebook.
On November 1, it was reported that anti-aircraft exercises were beginning in the Kherson region to test offshore missiles. The airspace over the Black Sea in this area will be closed from November 1 to 4 because of these missile launch tests.
Kiev ensures that exercises with real fire proceed in accordance with all rules of international law. To carry out the launching, a danger zone was drawn in the northwestern part of the Black Sea, which completely excludes any threats.
Russian politicians and military experts are confident that exercises in the territory of the neighboring state pose no threat, since “in technical-military terms Ukraine is not a rival comparable with Russia.”
Ukraine has performed similar tests previously. On December 1 and 2 2017, the country launched missiles into Russia’s sovereign airspace over the Black Sea near the Crimea. Kiev declared the airspace over these territories “dangerous for flights.” Subsequently, Ukraine established a new “dangerous” zone on the neutral waters and partly the Russian waters, to the southwest and southeast of the Crimea, without explanation of reasons.
Russia pointed out that Kiev did not coordinate such actions with the Russian authorities, demanding immediate revocation of the Ukrainian side’s warnings. However, the Russian entity has stated that flights over the Crimea are not in danger and that airspace over the peninsula will not be closed.
Expert Semyon Uralov commented on the Ukrainian decision to close the airspace.
“The legal issue in relations between Ukraine and Russia is no longer on the agenda, because the legal issue is replaced by the question of rationality and external guarantees. But the US and Europe close their eyes on Ukrainian actions, so speaking of right in principle does not make sense,” said Semyon Uralov.