Ever since the former Soviet Union fell apart Russia has been wanting to regain control of the Ukraine for numerous reasons.
The Ukraine is a source of industry, economy and provides Russia with a closer location to the rest of free Europe.
In 2014, Putin’s government began interfering with Ukrainian politics, mostly in the Crimea region along the Russian border.
Russia sent military troops and weapons into the Ukraine in an act they called annexation.
The Ukraine has never given up control of Crimea and Russia continues to occupy the region.
In a show of support to the Ukraine and to send a message to Russia of that US support for the Ukraine, a US military observation plane flew over the Ukraine under the auspices of the 2002 Open Skies Treaty.
Washington Examiner – US conducts ‘Open Skies’ overflight of Ukraine, in message to Moscow – The U.S. has conducted an overflight of Ukraine, under the terms of a 16-year-old arms control treaty, aimed at sending a symbolic message to Moscow, the Pentagon said Thursday.
“Today, the United States and Allies conducted an extraordinary flight under the Open Skies Treaty,” said a statement, released on the Pentagon’s website. “The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations.”
The description of the flight as “extraordinary” refers to the fact it was not previous scheduled or announced, an official said.
The plane, a U.S. Air Force OC-135 observation plane, did not fly over Crimea or any contested or Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine, the official confirmed…
The flight was the result of a request by Ukrainian leadership.
The flight was an international affair with observers on board the plane being from Canada, Germany, France, Romania, United Kingdom and the United States.
China has been flying over South Korean airspace in what some believe is a provocation aimed at the United States.
Is it possible that the knowing the United States and NATO forces would come to the aid of the Ukraine, that Putin is pushing the annexation of Crimea to start a major war with the United States and our European allies?
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