Travel Alert – Ukraine…

Drum Cussac has issued this latest warning for people traveling in the country of Ukraine.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Russian Military Claims Drones Shot Down over Crimea

Category: Conflict

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Source: Drum Cussac

12/09/2014 (Ukraine) – According to a report issued on RIA Novosti on Tuesday, 9 December, Russian military forces claim that over the month of November 2014 they shot down multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) over Crimea. The UAVs were shot down as they penetrated the region from the north. They were allegedly undertaking surveillance operations. These incidents reportedly occurred in the vicinity of the Chongar Isthmus straight. Russian forces deployed in the area used surface-to-air missile systems. No indication has been given concerning the number of UAVs shot down.

The Crimean Peninsula was annexed to the Russian Federation on 21 March 2014. This move has not been approved by Ukrainian authorities. Russian ground and sea forces are heavily deployed in the region. The likelihood of an open conflict between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Crimea is assessed as extremely low. However, reconnaissance missions along the northern areas of Crimea and small-scale guerilla-like actions along the border may result in enhanced tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Tuesday’s reports do not indicate a higher conflict risk in the Crimean Peninsula. They do however highlight ongoing tensions between the two governments. The usage of surface-to-air missiles to shoot down aerial vehicles also stresses the underlying threat to air travel over eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Prior to undertaking travel to Crimea clients should review the routes of their air carriers and make sure they do not cross active combat areas. Personnel in Crimea should closely monitor the situation for any sign of possible conflict escalation.

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