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UKRAINE: AIR DEFENCE FORCE HOLD EXCERCISES IN WESTERN PART OF COUNTRY.

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Ukrainian Air-Defence Forces held exercises in the western part of the country, 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of Lvov on Thursday (April 20). Once Air-Defence installations located in Ukraine territory were a part of the giant Soviet PVO (Russian abbreviation for Air-Defence). Since the PVO collapsed following the break-up of the Soviet Union many rocket complexes which protected Soviet western frontiers were left in the new independent states of Ukraine and Belarus. Amidst growing fear that Russia's former allies in Eastern Europe will join NATO, the Russian military is poised to use S-200 missile complexes in western Ukraine and Belarus to protect Russia's airspace. In February of 1995 Defence Ministers of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on a joint air-defence system. The several S-200 complexes in Western Ukraine cover a large area including parts of Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania, the Czech republic and Poland.

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043-00038407
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Reuters News
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UKRAINE: AIR DEFENCE FORCE HOLD EXCERCISES IN WESTERN PART OF COUNTRY.
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Reuters
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Ukrainian Air-Defence Forces held exercises in the western part of the country, 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of Lvov on Thursday (April 20). Once Air-Defence installations located in Ukraine territory were a part of the giant Soviet PVO (Russian abbreviation for Air-Defence). Since the PVO collapsed following the break-up of the Soviet Union many rocket complexes which protected Soviet western frontiers were left in the new independent states of Ukraine and Belarus. Amidst growing fear that Russia's former allies in Eastern Europe will join NATO, the Russian military is poised to use S-200 missile complexes in western Ukraine and Belarus to protect Russia's airspace. In February of 1995 Defence Ministers of Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on a joint air-defence system. The several S-200 complexes in Western Ukraine cover a large area including parts of Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania, the Czech republic and Poland.
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weaponry
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1995-04-20