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Published in Stream:
Day 765: March 23, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Kiev Accuses Russian Helicopter of Invading Ukrainian Airspace Near Border of Russian-Occupied Crimea
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Kiev has protested that a Russian helicopter has invaded Ukrainian airspace in Kherson Region near the border of Russian-occupied Crimea, RBC reports, citing the Ukrainian Border Service web site.

According to the notice on the web site of the Ukrainian Border Service today, March 23, at 12:08, a Russian Mi-8 AMTSh helicopter with the hull number 068 crossed into Ukrainian airspace near the border of Kherson Region and Crimea. 

The Mi-8 was flying "an 1100 route at an elevation of between 1000 meters to 200 meters from the direction of the Sivash Bay." Said the notice (translation by The Interpreter):

At 12:09, the helicopter crossed the Arabat Spit above the gas distributor station and at 12:10 made a turn to the south above Ukraine's Strelkova-5 gas extraction platform in the Azov Sea, and at 12:12 crossed the administration of the border of Kherson Region going toward the so-called [Russian-occupied] Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

The border guards informed the relevant authorities in Ukraine.

Russia has not commented. Russian has repeatedly violated Ukrainian air space since the takeover of the Crimean peninsula in February 2014, but denies it. 

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick