Ukraine Avoids Crimean Airspace During Missile Tests

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Ukraine’s military announced that its two-day missile test, beginning December 1, 2016, will avoid Crimean airspace in an attempt to address Russian concern. Ukraine will conduct the exercise in its southern Kherson region on the border of Crimea, formerly a part of Ukraine until it was annexed by Russia in 2014. In anticipation of the test, Russia repositioned several of its warships in the Black Sea and placed its sea-based air and missile defenses near Crimea on high alert. Ukraine announced that the tests are in accordance with international law and claimed that all 16 missiles it launched Thursday successfully hit their targets.