On Thursday morning Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine and launched military operations on the Ukrainian people.
Russian forces launched attacks on several Ukrainian cities and military bases.
On Thursday morning the Taiwan Defense Ministry announced 9 Chinese aircraft have entered its Air Defense Zone.
Xi is on the move.
#Taiwan’s air force scrambles to warn away nine Chinese aircraft that enter its air defense zone, Taiwan’s defense ministry says, on the same day that Russia invades Ukraine.#Chinahttps://t.co/DOZj9BRCeC pic.twitter.com/V1yVQMJ74T
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Taiwan’s air force scrambled again on Thursday to warn away nine Chinese aircraft that entered its air defense zone, Taiwan’s defense ministry said, on the same day that Russia invaded Ukraine, a crisis being watched closely in Taipei.
Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has complained of regular such missions by the Chinese air force over the last two years, though the aircraft do not get close to Taiwan itself.
The number of aircraft involved was well off the last large-scale incursion, 39 Chinese aircraft on January 23, and since then, such fly-bys have been sporadic with far fewer aircraft.
The ministry said the latest mission involved eight Chinese J-16 fighters and one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft, which flew over an area to the northeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands at the top end of the South China Sea.
— 國防部 Ministry of National Defense, R.O.C. 🇹🇼 (@MoNDefense) February 24, 2022