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Ukrainian military repels attempted Russian incursion-Ministry

Source: Reuters - Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:37 GMT
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KIEV, March 15 (Reuters) - Ukraine's military scrambled aircraft and paratroops on Saturday to repel an attempt by Russian forces to enter a long spit of land belonging to a region adjacent to Crimea, Ukraine's defence ministry said.

"Units of Ukraine's armed forces today...repelled an attempt by servicemen of the armed forces of the Russian Federation to enter the territory of Kherson region on Arbatskaya Strelka," a ministry statement said. "This was repelled immediately."

It said the Ukrainian military used aircraft, ground forces and its aeromobile battalion in the operation. The territory in question is a long spit of land running parallel to the east of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, now controlled by Russian forces.

(Reporting Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Ron Popeski; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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