State Border Service of Ukraine says Russian Mi-8 helicopter violated Ukrainian airspace

Ukraine has accused Russia of violating its airspace, according to a statement issued by the Ukrainian State Border Service on Wednesday.

According to the statement, on March 23rd at 12:08 local time, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crossed into Ukrainian airspace near the Kherson region. At 12:10, the Mi-8 turned south over the Ukrainian gas production platform “Strelkova-5” in the Sea of Azov.

At 12:12, the helicopter crossed the administrative border between the Kherson region and the Crimea.

"The State Border Service has acted in accordance with its powers and promptly informed the cooperating and the competent authorities of Ukraine,” the statement read.

Last week, Russian troops carried out a show of force by transferring military equipment along the administrative border between Crimea and mainland Ukraine.

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