The Associated Press is reporting a Russian jet flew close-range over a US warship in the Black Sea for over 90 minutes. The close proximity forced commanders to issue many warnings.
The official says the fighter flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level, saying this prompted ship commanders to issue several radio warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and the passes ended without incident.
Moscow also tested the intercontinental missile RS-24 Yars. Russian media said Colonel Igor Yegorov confirmed that at 10:40 a.m. Moscow time the missile was tested at the Plesetsk space center.
The test was successful as the simulated warhead hit a designated target at the Kura test range on Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula, Yegorov said.
Tensions between Ukraine and Russia worsen every day. East Ukraine is collapsing with pro-Russian forces seizing government buildings. Ukrainian’s Security Service YouTube channel released a phone call between the pro-Russians and their leadership thought to be based in Russia. The phone call took place in Sloviansk.