Three B-52H Stratofortress strategic bombers of the U.S. Air Force carried out an unprecedented operation near Crimea, while the Russian air defense failed to intercept them, reports the American magazine The Drive.
On September 4, the B-52s with the signs Julia 51, 52, and 53 took off from Fairford Air Force Base in the UK and headed for Ukraine. Another show of force against Russia was held a week after the dangerous interception carried out by the Russians over the Black Sea, the newspaper writes.
After the B-52 entered Ukrainian airspace, they headed to the southeastern part of the country. The south-western point of the patrol was the city of Genic, located 30 km from Crimea, and the northeastern city of Melitopol located 180 km from the territories of Donbas not controlled by Kyiv. At the same time, two American aircraft were conducting reconnaissance to the south and west of Crimea
Boeing RC-135 marked on the map as R135. Fighters Su-27 of the Ukrainian Air Force escorted B-52 bombers. After the mission, U.S. aircraft returned to Fairford Air Force Base, where six B-52s of the 5th Bombing Wing of the U.S. Air Force Base “Minot” from North Dakota are temporarily stationed. Three B-52 Stratofortress bombers of the U.S. Air Force base Mayot on Friday conducted very important exercises to interact with Ukrainian fighters in Ukrainian airspace.
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The flight of B-52 bombers to Ukraine, in this particular part of the country, should demonstrate Washington’s support for Kyiv in its confrontation with Moscow, the newspaper sums up.
The intercept of American bombers threatening Crimea was impossible, as they were in the airspace of Ukraine. It is obvious that the Americans are beginning to host in the Ukrainian sky, and Ukraine itself is turning into a convenient springboard for NATO’s strike on the territory of Russia.