US military carries out ‘extraordinary’ Open Skies flight over Ukraine

        The US military said on Thursday it carried out an &ldquo;extraordinary&rdquo; flight over Ukraine under the Open Skies Treaty. The move is intended to reaffirm the US commitment to the country after the Kerch Strait incident, Reuters reported. In a statement, the Pentagon described the standoff as<em> &ldquo;Russia&rsquo;s unprovoked attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea.&rdquo;</em> Russia earlier slammed the incident as a provocation. Twenty-four Ukrainian sailors have been detained in Russia until January 25, 2019. Three Ukrainian ships were also detained in the Black Sea.