The Russian military launched eight fighter jets to intercept a fleet of American bombers approaching Crimea. The US mission included a rare flight over Ukraine and the Black Sea, with the focus squarely on flexing military muscle.
Russian airspace control detected three US Air Force B-52H strategic bombers approaching the country’s border on Friday, according to a statement from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Four Su-27 and four Su-30 fighters were quickly scrambled, escorted and chased the American aircraft away from Russian airspace.
As the three bombers cruised overhead, a plethora of American and British intelligence-gathering aircraft and ships lurked over Ukrainian airspace and in the Black Sea.
The B-52’s may have been testing Russia’s radar and air defenses over Crimea, which has been part of Russia after a referendum in March 2014.
Such tactics were commonplace during the Cold War, but are significantly rarer in modern times, except for the intrusions in the Baltic Sea and the NATO build up along the borders of Belarus.
Both the USA and Russia have been holding rival training exercises near the Russian border as of late. Most recently the US Army began artillery drills 70 km from the border in Estonia this week, days after Russia held naval exercises in the Bering Sea.
Sniffing out radar and missile sites, the flight may well have been intended as a show of force, meant to demonstrate US Zionist support for Ukraine, a likelihood backed up by the use of the nuclear-capable B-52.
The US European Command acknowledged the mission later on Friday. This encounter was not an isolated incident. Russian jets took to the skies less than two weeks ago to intercept another flight of B-52’s over the neutral waters of the Black Sea.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.