Russian surveillance aircraft spotted within Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone

Russian surveillance planes entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone twice in two days, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said on Tuesday.
According to a press release, Alaskan NORAD spotted the plane, which "remained in international airspace and did not encroach on US or Canadian sovereignty."
An air defense identification zone is a self-declared area of ​​airspace surrounding a country or territory in which attempts are made to identify foreign military aircraft. Although the zones have no basis in international law, breaching another territory's zone is considered an act of aggression.
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Months ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, China was regularly sending warplanes into the self-governing island's air defense identification zone.
NORAD uses a multi-layered defense network of satellites, ground-based radars, airborne radar, and fighter jets to identify other aircraft and take appropriate action.
"We remain prepared to deploy a range of response options in defense of North American and Arctic sovereignty," the agency said in a statement.
Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine in February. On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of civilians remaining in Donetsk, the heart of Russia's latest attack, were warned that they must evacuate while there is still time. Officials in Donetsk said more than two-thirds of civilians have already fled, but an estimated 350,000 remain.
Russia launched its attack on Donetsk after seizing control of Luhansk last month. Seizing control of both could mean a major victory for the Kremlin and the possibility of the war ending in cutting off a large and crucial chunk of its neighbor's territory.

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