Ukraine starts missile test near Crimea

Ukraine starts missile test near Crimea

Ukraine is yet to react to Russia position on Kiev's planned missile launches near Crimea, Russian Transport Maxim Sokolov said, adding that Moscow had informed the chief international aviation safety body of the Ukrainian drills.

Russian Defense Ministry summoned Ukraine's defense attache last week to serve a note protesting Ukraine illegally restricting the use of airspace over the Black Sea during December 1-2 missile firing drills near Crimea.

Sokolov said that he sent a letter on the Ukrainian missile firing exercises to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council President Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu on Wednesday.

Volodymyr Kryzhanovsky, a Ukrainian military official, said the exercises, which are taking place in Ukraine's southern Kherson region bordering Crimea, had begun.

"The tests are being carried out in accordance with international law," Reuters cited Kryzhanovsky as saying.

The exercises, which will run from Dec. 1-2, were taking place at least 30 kilometres from Crimean air space, he said.

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