American reconnaissance planes patrol the skies of Donbass — Flightradar service – Army and Defense

KIEV, January 21. /TASS/. At least one U.S. strategic reconnaissance aviation drone and plane flew over Ukrainian territory near the Donbass armed conflict zone on Friday, according to data from the global flight-tracking service Flightradar.

The tracking service shows that an air vehicle codenamed UAVGH000 flew over Ukraine on January 21. There is no data about this on the Flightradar website. However, service records indicate that an American RQ-4A Global Hawk strategic reconnaissance drone with this number made flights. The drone is capable of aerial patrol up to 20 km altitude for 30 hours.

According to data from Flightradar, this unmanned aerial vehicle took off from an airfield on Dalma Island in the United Arab Emirates heading for Ukraine. After entering Ukrainian airspace, he first performed flights along the Ukrainian-Belarusian border, and then in the Donbass conflict zone.

In addition, an American Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint strategic reconnaissance aircraft conducted flights over the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine on Friday. As Flightradar data shows, this aircraft was recently parked at Great Yarmouth Air Force Base in eastern England and took off from British territory for Ukraine. He made flights over the southern regions of Ukraine, as well as the border with Crimea, and then along the Donbass conflict zone. The aircraft proceeded to its home airbase after completing its mission.

The West and Kiev have recently spread allegations of a potential Russian “invasion” of Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the claims as “empty and groundless”, serving as a ploy to escalate tensions, stressing that Russia poses no threat to anyone. However, Peskov did not rule out the possibility of provocations aimed at justifying such allegations and warned that attempts to use military force to resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine would have very serious consequences. He also said that Moscow was making every effort to help Kyiv settle the Donbass conflict while remaining committed to the Normandy format and the Minsk package of agreements.

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