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Russia warns neighboring countries not to accommodate Ukrainian planes

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Russia’s Defense Ministry has warned neighboring Ukraine not to host the country’s warplanes, saying Russia may consider them part of the conflict if it allows Ukrainian warplanes to fly combat missions from their territory.

Russian Defense Ministry chief spokesman Igor Konashenkov alleged Sunday that a number of Ukrainian warplanes had been transferred to Romania and other neighboring countries of Ukraine. It did not identify the country in question.

He said “using these countries’ network of airfields to house Ukrainian warplanes used against the Russian Armed Forces could be judged as engaging in a military conflict.”

Konashenkov also claimed that the Russian military had found traces of American-backed nuclear weapons development facilities. “It is clear that after special military operations, the Pentagon began to have serious concerns about secret biological experiments discovered on Ukrainian territory,” he added. [em/lt]

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