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Session 100

South Korea says that Russian military aircraft have entered its airspace without permission. Catherine and Dan teach you the language the world's media is using to discuss this story.

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    Activity 1

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News Review

South Korea fires warning at Russian military aircraft in its airspace

South Korea says that Russian military aircraft have entered its airspace without permission.

Language challenge

When something breaks through a wall, barrier or defensive line, it _____ it:

a) breaches
b) trumples
c) undermines

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The story

South Korea says it fired warning shots at a Russian military aircraft after it violated the country's airspace off its east coast. An official alleged that the Russian plane breached South Korean airspace twice, prompting the air force to scramble fighter jets and open fire. The official said it was the first time a Russian plane had violated South Korean airspace and the military was investigating.

Key words and phrases

warning shots
the firing of a weapon near someone to discourage certain behaviour

• As rioters charged, police officers fired warning shots over the head of the crowd.
• The staff email was a warning shot to management that staff were unhappy.

entering a place or situation you shouldn't

• Dan can't stand people intruding on his reading time when he's on the train.
• My neighbour's dog won't stop barking. It intrudes on my sleep at night.

fails to respect a rule, privacy or place

• "The current law violates citizens' rights," said the politician.
• The king's tomb was violated long ago by grave robbers looking for gold.

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Language challenge answer

a) breaches


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