On Thursday, the United States carried out a rare flight over Ukraine under the international Open Skies Treaty in an effort to “reaffirm U.S. commitment to Ukraine,” amid sizzling tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
The Wall Street Journal reports that this was the second U.S. military gesture in the past two days.
It comes after last month when Russia seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crew members off the coast of Crimea.
On Wednesday, the United States Navy deployed a warship through the Sea of Japan in a rare challenge to Russia’s claims in international waters.
“Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait is a dangerous escalation in a pattern of increasingly provocative and threatening activity,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “The United States seeks a better relationship with Russia, but this cannot happen while its unlawful and destabilizing actions continue in Ukraine and elsewhere.”
(Crusader Journal Staff)