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Russian Fighter Jets Land in Crimea amid Ukraine Tensions

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7Dnews London

Sun, 23 Dec 2018 13:34 GMT

More than a dozen SU-27 and SU-30 fighter jets which Russia is deploying to boost its air force, amid heightened tensions with Ukraine, arrived in Crimea on Saturday December 22nd.

A Reuters witness saw the jets land at Belbek air base in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014 after Moscow-leaning Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev following street clashes and violent protests.

According to Reuters, tensions between Moscow and Kiev have risen in the past weeks after Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews on November 25th in an incident which Moscow and Kiev have blamed on each other.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has alleged Ukraine was preparing "a provocation" near Crimea before the end of the year.


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