RUSSIA claims to have flown two of its Tu-95MS strategic missile bombers near Alaska in a show of strength to the West.
The footage reportedly shows the noisy missile carriers flying over neutral waters in the Bering Sea accompanied by 30 Russian fighter jets.
4The Russian Tu-95MS were said to be flying above “neutral waters” on a “planned” mission, according to MoscowCredit: Will Stewart4The view from the cockpit of one of the Russian bombers on their Valentines mission near AlaskaCredit: will stewartFootage shows the planes on their Valentine’s Day mission in a warning to the West amid Kremlin fury over supplies of weapons to Ukraine, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.
This comes after repeated threats by Russian officials and propagandists on using nuclear weapons amid deep East-West tension over the war in Ukraine.
In the images, the Russian aeroplanes can be seen preparing for takeoff from an undisclosed location at night.
One of the planes can then be seen taking to the skies before the other can also be seen taking off.
The footage then shows the view from inside the cockpit of one of the aircraft. Other shots also show the other plane, both of them apparently flying high above the clouds.
After a flight that is said to have lasted over seven hours, the aircraft can be seen coming in to land.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Tuesday.
Their statement claimed: “Two Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers of the Russian Aerospace Forces completed a planned flight over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea.”
It continued: “Long-range aviation pilots regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, Pacific Ocean, Black and Baltic Seas.”
“All flights of aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces are carried out in strict accordance with the International Rules for the Use of Airspace,” added Moscow.
The claims and the footage of the Valentine’s mission has not been able to be independently verified.
The Tu-95s are the world’s only propeller-powered strategic bombers.
The same type of planes – which date from the Soviet era – were hit at a base in Engels, Saratov region by a Ukrainian drone strike hundreds of miles inside the Russian border on December 5.
Two servicemen sustained wounds from the attack, according to reports.
The Soviet-era Tu-95s first flew some 70 years ago but remain a key part of Putin’s strike threat.
4The mission is claimed to have lasted seven hours beginning in the nightCredit: will stewart4The Tu-95s are famous aircrafts for being the world’s only propeller powered strategic bombersCredit: Will Stewart
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