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Ukraine Says Its Aircraft Were In Russian Missile Lock
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Yesterday the battle for the Marinovka checkpoint north of Lugansk became so intense that the Ukrainian airforce dispatched jets to conduct strafing runs against the separatist gunmen and armored vehicles. Today, Ukraine says that its pilots report that Russia had locked onto the Ukrainian fighter jets. The radar lock would have allowed Russian fighter planes to fire at the Ukrainian aircraft at any point. 

According to the Ukrainian pilot, his aircraft was shadowed by two Russian aircraft at all times.

This move could have been seen as a way to discourage Ukraine's airforce from engaging the ground targets that were striking across the border.