World View: Russia Moves Trucks, Troops, Artillery into Ukraine
- Chinese fighter jet buzzes U.S. surveillance plane in international waters
- In major escalation, Russia moves trucks, troops, artillery into Ukraine
Chinese fighter jet buzzes U.S. surveillance plane in international waters
The Obama administration is launching a protest to China after a
Chinese fighter plane made three passes dangerously near a
U.S. surveillance plane in international waters.
The incident is reminiscent of an April 2001 encounter when a Chinese
F-8 interceptor crashed into a U.S. surveillance aircraft off the
southern China coast. The Chinese aircraft crashed into the sea, and
its crew was killed. The U.S. plane made an emergency landing on
China's Hainan Island, and its 24 crew members were imprisoned for 10
In the current incident, a Chinese J-11 fighter jet, a version of the
Russian SU-27, made three passes dangerously near the U.S. plane and
zoomed directly in front of the Navy plane at a 90-degree angle to
reveal its belly, which was packed with weaponry, according to a
Pentagon spokesman. At one point the Chinese warplane flew alongside
the Navy aircraft, putting their wingtips as close as 30 feet
apart. The encounter ended with the Chinese pilot doing a barrel roll
over the top of the U.S. plane. Stars and Stripes and Washington Free Beacon
In major escalation, Russia moves trucks, troops, artillery into Ukraine
NATO is reporting that Russian troops have moved artillery across the
border into eastern Ukraine and are firing on the Ukrainian military
from inside Ukraine's borders. This is a major escalation by Russia and threatens a larger war between Ukraine and Russia. It's been
known for some time that Russia has been surreptitiously supplying to
the pro-Russian separatist militias heavy weapons, including the
surface-to-air missiles that the separatists used to shoot down the
Malaysian Airlines flight 17 passenger plane.
At the same time, Russia's massive 280-truck "humanitarian convoy"
moved across the border from Russia into Ukraine, without the
permission of the Ukraine government. The convoy was supposed to be
coordinated with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who would take responsibility for overseeing the distribution of aid,
but the convoy no longer has any connection with the ICRC. Ukraine's
government is calling this a "direct invasion."
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued the strongest
condemnation yet of Russia's actions:
I condemn the entry of a Russian so-called
humanitarian convoy into Ukrainian territory without the consent
of the Ukrainian authorities and without any involvement of the
International Committee of the Red Cross. This is a blatant breach
of Russia’s international commitments, including those made
recently in Berlin and Geneva, and a further violation of
Ukraine’s sovereignty by Russia. It can only deepen the crisis in
the region, which Russia itself has created and has continued to
fuel. The disregard of international humanitarian principles
raises further questions about whether the true purpose of the aid
convoy is to support civilians or to resupply armed separatists.
These developments are even more worrying as they coincide with a
major escalation in Russian military involvement in Eastern
Ukraine since mid-August, including the use of Russian forces. In
addition, Russian artillery support – both cross-border and from
within Ukraine – is being employed against the Ukrainian armed
forces. We have also seen transfers of large quantities of
advanced weapons, including tanks, armored personnel carriers,
and artillery to separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine. Moreover,
NATO is observing an alarming build-up of Russian ground and air
forces in the vicinity of Ukraine.
Rassmussen added, "Instead of de-escalating the situation, Russia
continues to escalate it."
Russia responded in the U.N. Security Council by criticizing
Lithuania, a temporary member, for having requested an emergency
meeting to discuss Ukraine and for systematically opposing Russian
initiatives. According to Russia's U.N. ambassador Vitaly Churkin:
"At times it seems there is no clear chain of command
in Kiev, because some assurances are given (to Russia) at a very
high level and then others do not give the orders which are
required ... by the border police to let the (aid) trucks in.
That game could not continue indefinitely."
"We waited long enough and it was time to move," he added. "And
this is what we did."
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