Warplanes from four countries faced off today in a chaotic, dangerous, and unprecedented confrontation, above an island off the coast of South Korea.
As Moscow and Beijing, in their first ever joint air patrol using long-range aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, invaded South Korea’s airspace.
Both South Korea and Japan scrambled fighters to respond to the Russian and Chinese military aircraft. Then things escalated dramatically.
According to South Korea, Chinese bombers joined by Russian strategic bombers passed into Seoul’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and remained there for 24 minutes.
Airspace is defined as the area 12 nautical miles from a country’s borders, which falls entirely under its control. An ADIZ is an area in which the controlling country demands identification, location and control of aircraft’s direction, but doesn’t necessarily have any rights of engagement under international law.
And Japan’s Ministry of Defense backed up South Korea saying the Russian-Chinese aircraft also intruded on Japan’s airspace while the Russian and Chinese bombers flew around Japan.
South Korean military said they sent out 30 warnings to the Russian plane but received no response. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff say they then fired warning shots at a Russian command and control military aircraft that twice violated their airspace.
Officials said South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots in response to “multiple” Russian military planes that entered into their airspace.
It was an unspecified number of South Korean fighter jets, including F-16s, that scrambled to the area and fired flares and the rounds from their machine guns as warning shots.
But Russia quickly disputed the incident, saying that two of its bombers were on a routine flight over neutral waters and didn’t enter South Korean territory. Even saying that the incident as described did not happen.
South Korea said this was the first time a foreign military plane had violated South Korean airspace since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
And South Korea told Russia that they view Russia’s airspace violation “very seriously” and will take “much stronger” measures if a similar incident occurs, according to South Korea’s presidential office.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21) foretell how that there will be wars and rumors of wars indicating the nearing end of this age of human government.
These events are signs of the Last Days revealing its time to prepare for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2). And this new birth experience brings peace and joy in the Holy Spirit now in this life, and eternal life in the world to come.
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