A preliminary investigation announced by Finland’s border guards said on Friday that the incursions, by an Mi-17 carrying out normal border patrol duties, occurred twice on the same day in early May, on Finland’s southeastern border. , but were “not serious,” Yle reported. on its English page.
While the Finnish Ministry of Defense stated that the helicopter flew up to 4 km in Finnish territory, this figure was later revised downwards, while the helicopter returned to the territory of the Russian Federation willingly.
The first breach of the day took place near the town of Kitee in North Karelia, with an incursion of around 700 m, and the second near Rautjärvi, in South Karelia, less than 100 km away, when the same helicopter flew about 500 m into Finnish territory. .
Last month and following the February 24 invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Finland and Sweden both announced their applications for NATO membership, in the hope that the applications would be processed. as soon as possible.
Yle’s original article is here.
Prior to World War II, Finland’s southeastern border lay considerably farther east than it does now, incorporating much more of Karelia (Karjala, in Finnish), extending to the northern shore of Lake Ladoga and including the town of Viipuri.
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