The Command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) announced this on September 14 on its Facebook page.
“B-52 under the cover of Ukrainian fighter jets headed for the Black Sea for joint actions with partners in the sphere of collective security. Such patrols will be regular, as B-52 missions in the sky of Ukraine are part of the long-planned deployment of six B-52s at Fairford Air Base of the Royal British Air Force,” the report says.
The Ukrainian side called the purpose of these flights “deterrence of Russia” and “prevention of transformation of the Azov and Black Seas into inland lakes of Russia”.
“Ukraine’s strategic partners once again hint at the Russian leadership that they will not leave Ukraine alone and will not allow turning the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov into inland lakes of Russia,” – said in the Command of the Supreme Air Force.
In early September, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry posted a video of the first-ever flight of American strategic bombers B-52 over the country’s territory to Crimea.
Earlier EADaily reported that the U.S. strategic bombers B-52N worked off cruise missile strikes against Russia from the airspace over the Black Sea, Estonia, and Canada during the last NATO Allied Sky exercise.