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December 7, 2018 9:45 am
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The mission on Thursday was conducted following an attack which took place on November 25 where Russian forces stormed Ukrainian naval vessels injuring six crew members and detaining 24. The flight took place as part of the Open Skies Treaty which allows unarmed observation flights take place after unusual situations to promote military transparency. The Open Flight Treaty involves 34 countries with this the first such mission in the region since 2014.

Ukrainian navy ships were entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait when the attack took place. Russia seized three ships and detained 24 Ukrainian soldiers with some wounded. 

The Ukrainian military has struggled to reach ports near the Crimean Peninsula with Russia claiming the attack on November 25 was because they were being provoked. 

Open source data and radio intercepts showed Russia pursued Ukrainians into international waters and was aiming to use lethal force. 

A scheduled meeting was set to take place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump before the G20 summit in Argentina.

Following the Russian attack at sea, Mr Trump cancelled the meeting.

Russia has not announced when the 24 soldiers in custody will be released.

Mr Trump has said he will meet with Mr Putin once the issue with Ukraine has been resolved, according to Russian media. 

An anonymous Trump administration official told Russian officials: “The reason for cancelling the meeting not eh G20 sidelines is Russia’s detention of Ukrainian vessels and their crew members. 

Russia did not free them in order to de-escalate the situation. As President Trump has already said, he expects the meeting will be held after the situation is resolved.”

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenki declared martial law in areas that are close to Russian troops and said he believes they are preparing a ground invasion with 80,000 troops.

Former deputy assistant secretary of defence in charge of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Michael Carpenter said: “It’s useful to see how many forces Russia has arrayed on Ukraine’s borders, but this does nothing to bolster Ukraine’s defences.

“The US should be sending ships to make port calls in Odessa and ramping up security assistance by giving Ukraine land-based anti-ship missiles, radars for maritime domain awareness and ISR (intelligence surveillance reconnaissance.”

Some have said the US will have to do more than send a flight over Ukraine to send a message to Mr Putin.

Former US ambassador to Ukraine from 2003-2006 John Herbst said the “extraordinary flight” was sensible to respond to Russia’s attack in the Kerch Strait, but more should be done. 

In Newsweek Mr Herbst said: “The two steps taken do not necessarily mean that the U.S. will provide new military support to Ukraine. But I believe that over the next two or three months the administration will take some steps to let Moscow know that what it did was dangerous and should not be repeated.”

The Pentagon said the United States seeks a better relationship with Russia, but it cannot happen if “it’s unlawful and destabilising actions continue in Ukraine and elsewhere.” 

 
 

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