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Russian Senator Explains Why Ukrainian Drills Near Crimea Not Threatening Russia

© Flickr / RyanBuk air defense complex. (File)
Buk air defense complex. (File) - Sputnik International
Ukrainian drills near Crimea does not represent a threat for the Russian security, however the country's air defense systems are likely to be placed on alert to prevent Ukrainian missiles from incidentally hitting Russian territory, Viktor Ozerov, the head of the Russian Federation Council's defense committee, told Sputnik on Friday.

Ukrainian tanks stand in the yard of an apartment block in Avdiivka, eastern Ukraine. Fighting in the area around the town between Kiev forces and local militia escalated last week. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Dmytro Gutsulyak announced earlier of Friday that Kiev was planning to hold live-firing drills with Buk-M1 air defense systems at the Yagorlyk firing range in the Kherson region in southeastern Ukraine.

“All our reconnaissance systems, air defense systems will be placed on alert in order to prevent Ukrainian missiles from incidentally hitting our territory,” Ozerov said.

He pointed out that Russia did not consider the drills as a threat as the country is strong enough to defend its borders.

“Ukraine understands that any kind of violation of the Russian borders will cause serious consequences,” Ozerov added.

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