Russia to deploy warplanes to Crimea amid Ukraine standoff

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Source: DW

The Russian Defense Ministry on Monday said it would “return” more than 10 warplanes to Crimea, according to Russian news agency Interfax.

The ministry said fighter jets, including Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30’s, will be sent to the annexed Ukrainian territory as part of a “permanent deployment.” They are expected to arrive by Saturday.

The announcement comes after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed in an interview that Ukraine was preparing an “armed provocation with Russia on the border with Crimea during the last ten days of December.”

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