Pentagon sends flight over Ukraine following Russian naval incident

Lester Mason
December 7, 2018

"Russia's unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a risky escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity", it added.

Fitted with high-tech observation equipment, the plane was tasked with gathering information about the military forces and activities of Russian Federation.

The Pentagon says a US Air Force plane flew a special observation flight over Ukraine in a show of solidarity after Ukraine's naval confrontation with Russian Federation.

The Open Skies Treaty is aimed at promoting military transparency through reciprocal, unarmed observation flights over each of the 34 signatory countries' terrains.

An OC-135 Open Skies aircraft takes off September 14, 2018 from the flight line at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

Pahon said the plane had a 17-member crew from the 55th Wing based at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. The Open Skies is an observation aircraft used for treaty support enhancing global peace, stability and cooperative security. The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell traversed through part of Peter the Great Bay in what the U.S. refers to as a "freedom of navigation operation", according to the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet.

A United States guided-missile destroyer was deployed to disputed waters off the Russian coast on Wednesday in a rare show of force not seen since the Cold War.

U.S. Navy ships routinely sail in and out of the Black Sea, and under global rules are only allowed to stay in the waters for 21 days. "Our U.S. 6th Fleet is always prepared to respond where called", Cmdr.

"There is not a discussion ongoing right now about a military dimension in response to the Sea of Azov", U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a conference organized by The Washington Post.

"The United States seeks a better relationship with Russian Federation, but this can not happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine and elsewhere", the Pentagon said in a statement Thursday.

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