Pentagon reveals USA observation flight over Ukraine

Boyko Borissov speaks at the Western Balkans Summit in London

The Open Skies Treaty allows signatory states to gather information about the military activities of other member countries.

CNN also reported that Russia's defence ministry announced on Wednesday that its troops in eastern Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, conducted military exercises involving Pantsir anti-aircraft missile systems.

Tensions flared after Russian Federation fired on and captured three Ukrainian navy ships in the Kerch Strait near the annexed Crimea peninsula last month. Such flights occur outside the schedule of normal, planned operations when unusual situations arise.

The complaints come three days after Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan announced that Russian Federation had "partially" unblocked Ukraine's Sea of Azov ports, allowing Ukrainian ship to pass through the Kerch Strait for the first time since November 25. It kicks off a 15-day wait before the ship can move into the Black Sea.

U.S. Navy ships routinely sail in and out of the Black Sea, and under worldwide rules are only allowed to stay in the waters for 21 days. Since then, Washington has sought to show its support for Ukraine while condemning Russian actions.

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Poroshenko said he plans to send navy ships in response to Russia's blocking of the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov, a key waterway.

U.S., Canadian, German, French, United Kingdom, Romanian and Ukrainian observers were aboard the flight.

"The timing of this flight is meant to reaffirm United States commitment to Ukraine and other partner nations", the Pentagon said in a statement. He said the flight was requested by the arms control directorate of the Ukrainian General Staff.

Russia's State Duma Deputy Dmytro Belik commented on the claim of Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak that the Ukrainian Navy would continue using the Kerch Strait, RT reports.

A total of 25 U.S. military personnel took part in the flight, including eight Defense Threat Reduction Agency personnel and a 17-person air crew from the 55th Wing out of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

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