Ukraine tests missiles despite Russian warnings over Crimea

He noted that the missiles will come as close as 30 kilometers to Crimean airspace.

Russia's Defence Ministry handed over a protest note to the Ukrainian defense attache, while Oleksander Turchinov, Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council Secretary, dismissed Moscow's claims that Kiev had breached global agreements.

It also accuses Moscow of backing a 31-month pro-Russian insurgency in Ukraine's industrial east in a conflict that has claimed almost 10,000 lives.

"The tests are being carried out in accordance with global law", said Krizhanovsky.

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"France is concerned about the deployment of Russian warships off Crimea's coastline", Romain Nadal, a foreign ministry spokesman told reporters in a daily briefing.

The need to be ready for a full-scale Russian invasion is the only reason making Ukraine carry out the military exercises.

Meanwhile, a source with Russian defense forces in Crimea informed Tass on Wednesday that Moscow's air defense forces on the peninsula had been put on "enhanced alert" in advance of the forthcoming missile launches, including ground-based forces and ship-based air defense crews with Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

Kiev says Russia illegally annexed Crimea in March 2014 - a month after Ukraine's Russian-backed president was ousted in a pro-EU revolt. On Wednesday, November 30, as it became known that Russian Federation has deployed in Crimea air defense missile system VM-C300.

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"We are not violating a single worldwide norm", the Dzerkalo Tyzhnya website quoted Dublyan as saying.

However, Moscow is now saying that the testing exercises are affecting Russian territory too.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov voiced his hopes in a November 30 interview that President-elect Donald Trump will provide Ukraine with lethal weapons while in office, Interfax reported.

Ukraine on Thursday unleashed a barrage of missile tests near Russian-annexed Crimea in a show of strength and defiance bound to irritate Moscow.

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