Chinese and Russian military aircraft storm South Korea's air defense zone

The South Korean Air Force dispatched several fighter jets to the site of the intrusion before a total of eight aircraft violated the airspace.

Four Chinese and four Russian military jets stormed South Korea's airspace on Tuesday, according to Seoul's military sources and later reported by the Korean National News Agency (Yonhap).

According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the aircraft penetrated South Korea's air defense identification zone (known as KADIZ), prompting the South Korean Air Force to send several fighter jets to the site of the intrusion. The JCS clarified that the Chinese and Russian aircraft entered the southern and eastern parts of the KADIZ and subsequently exited the KADIZ without ever violating South Korean airspace.

"Our military identified the Chinese and Russian aircraft prior to their entry into the KADIZ and deployed Air Force fighters to carry out tactical preparedness measures against possible accidental situations," the JCS said in a text message sent to reporters.