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- Russia-Ukraine Conflict: U.S. Military Sends Putin a Warning with ‘Extraordinary Flight’ Over Ukraine
by CRISTINA MAZA, https://www.newsweek.com/
The U.S. military carried out an “extraordinary flight” over Ukraine on Thursday as a show of force after Russian forces attacked Ukrainian navy ships on November 25.
“Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
“The United States seeks a better relationship with Russia, but this cannot happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine and elsewhere,” the statement added.
The attack took place as the Ukrainian navy ships were entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait. Russia, which has been making it harder for Ukraine’s military to access the ports near the Crimean Peninsula, claims that the Ukrainians were trying to provoke its forces. But independent analysts used open source data and radio intercepts and determined that Russia had pursued the Ukrainians into international waters. What’s more, the researchers determined that Russia was attempting to use lethal force.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has said that Russia has 80,000 troops stationed in the parts of Ukraine occupied by Russia and is preparing for a ground invasion. Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and has been backing pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country known as the Donbass. Some analysts say that the U.S. will need to do more than conduct “extraordinary flight” if it’s going to counter Russian aggression toward Ukraine.