Russian military helicopter crosses into mainland Ukraine from occupied Crimea: border guards

22:30, 23 March 2016
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The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine on Wednesday reported on its website on a violation of the Ukrainian mainland's airspace by a Russian Mi8 military helicopter from the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula.

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Russian military transport and attack helicopter Mi8 AMTSh (registration number 068) was spotted by border guards flying at an altitude between 1,000 and 200 meters at 12:08 March 23 from the direction of the Gulf of Siwash, according to the press service. 

Read alsoRussian troops in Crimea show off near administrative border with Ukraine – border guardsAccording to the border guards, at 12:09 the helicopter crossed the Arabat Spit over a gas distribution station, at 12:10 making a turn to the south over the Ukrainian gas production platform Strelkova- 5 in the Sea of Azov, and at 12:12 crossing the de-facto administrative border of the Kherson region in the direction of the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.

Read alsoOfficial explains why Crimea-Russia bridge stillborn project"The State Border Service has acted in accordance with its functions and provided timely report to competent authorities of Ukraine," reads the statement.

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