Two US strategic bombers approached the Russian borders in the Crimea region, where the large-scale strategic exercises Kavkaz-2020 were held, on Wednesday, September 23. According to Izvestia’s sources, the B-52s were most likely imitating cruise missile strikes on Russian territory.
General’s rehearsal: the United States has practiced strikes on Russian territory According to the military, the activity of NATO aviation near the borders of the Russian Federation has sharply increased
It is noted that several reconnaissance aircraft of NATO countries operated in the skies over the Black Sea simultaneously with the American planes. The appearance of the B-52 for the Russian military did not come as a surprise: reconnaissance equipment spotted and accompanied the aircraft long before they appeared over the Black Sea. Initially, the route of the bombers passed over the territory of Ukraine.
According to the monitoring resource PlaneRadar, on the same day, a Boeing Rc-135W Rivet Joint of the US Air Force and a similar British aircraft, an American reconnaissance aircraft Boeing RC-135U Combat Sent, an anti-submarine aircraft Boeing P-8A were in the air at a distance of 100-200 km from the Crimean coast Poseidon US Navy, British intelligence Bombardier Global Express Sentinel R.1. As the interlocutors of Izvestia noted, the air reconnaissance officers coordinated their actions with a pair of B-52s.
The flights of NATO military aircraft over the Black Sea took place during the days when the Russian Armed Forces are conducting one of the most ambitious strategic exercises in recent years – Kavkaz-2020. The maneuvers take place from 21 to 26 September at the Kapustin Yar and Ashuluk training grounds, as well as in the waters of the Black and Caspian Seas. Experts call such flights attempts to intimidate Russia.
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