Two American aircraft conducted reconnaissance off the coast of the Crimea and over the Donbas. This is evidenced by the data of the monitoring resource PlaneRadar.
At 07:40 GMT UAV USAF RQ-4A Global Hawk, tail number and call sign 04-2021 FORTE10 took off from the NATO airbase in Sigonella, Italy. UAV crossed the airspace of Bulgaria and at 12:25 Moscow time began monitoring the demarcation line in the Donbas. Global Hawk spent in this area almost 3.5 hours and then flew to the black sea coast of Russia.
In addition, at 19:55 GMT patrol anti-submarine aircraft of the US Navy P-8A Poseidon with the Board number 169332 rose into the sky from the same range Sigonella and headed to the southern borders of the Crimea. The altitude was almost eight kilometers, speed — 792.5 kilometers per hour. 20:25 GMT, Boeing was 32 kilometers from the coastline in the area of Sevastopol. American planes regularly notice off the coast of the Peninsula. As noted by the Deputy of the Crimean Parliament Ivan Shonus, the frequent cases of flights of us reconnaissance aircraft at the borders of the Republic are of concern.
“Such maneuvers do not fit in with the policy of friendly or at least partnership relations. It is time for the US authorities to stop surveillance of the Russian Peninsula and switch to the protection of their borders
At the same time, according to the head of the defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu, a unique interspecies group of troops created in the Crimea, “leaves no chance” for potential attempts to encroach on the territory of Russia and plays a crucial role in ensuring the security of the whole country.