Dec. 6 (Bulletinstandard) — The U.S. Division of Protection introduced Thursday that the US and allies carried out a rare flight over Ukraine after a Russian ship seized Ukrainian vessels and troopers.
The Pentagon condemned Russia’s actions, including the timing of the flight was supposed “to reaffirm U.S. dedication to Ukraine and different associate nations” and that the U.S. is “resolute” in its assist of the safety of European nations.
“Russia’s unprovoked assault on Ukrainian naval vessels within the Black Sea close to the Kerch Strait is a harmful escalation in a sample of more and more provocative and threatening exercise,” the Pentagon mentioned. “The US seeks a greater relationship with Russia, however this can not occur whereas its illegal and destabilizing actions proceed in Ukraine and elsewhere.”
The Open Skies Treaty permits every of the 34 state events the correct to collect details about the navy forces and actions of different state events, however a rare flight permits international locations to conduct the flights on a bilateral foundation.
Thursday’s flight was carried out with an settlement between Ukraine and the US, CNN reported.
A complete of 25 US navy personnel took half within the flight, together with eight Protection Risk Discount Company personnel and a 17-person air crew from the 55th Wing out of Offutt Air Power Base, Nebraska, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon mentioned.
U.S., Canadian, German, French, United Kingdom, Romanian and Ukrainian observers have been aboard the flight.
The final “extraordinary” remark flight over Ukraine was in 2014 in response to Russia’s navy intervention in Crimea.
Thursday’s flight got here after Russia rammed a Ukrainian tugboat and seized three vessels in addition to 24 sailors on Nov. 25.