South Korea's Defense Ministry says the country's fighter jets fired hundreds of warning shots at Russian military aircraft that entered its airspace early Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: This would be the first time a Russian warplane has violated South Korean airspace, as South Korea's Yonhap news agency notes — though Russia later issued a denial of the claim, per AFP.

Details: A South Korean official told AP that 3 Russian military planes entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone off its east coast with 2 Chinese military planes before 1 Russian plane entered the country’s territorial sky and violated its airspace. It wasn’t immediately clear whether this action was deliberate.

What's next: The South Korean Defense Ministry said the government would lodge official complaints about the violations with China and Russia, per Reuters.

This article has been updated with more detail throughout.

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