- Russian Invasion Fears Escalate After Moscow Deploys 50 Warplanes to the Black Sea
by BRIAN MCGLEENON, https://www.express.co.uk/
RUSSIA has deployed 50 warplanes to the Black Sea as the US warns commercial airlines to avoid the Crimea and eastern Ukraine regions.
Moscow is conducting aerial exercises involving missile launches and bomber movements over the contested region. Currently, 50 Russian fighters, bombers, and attack aircraft are taking part in “exercises over the Black Sea”. A report by Russian independent news agency Interfax said the war games held by Moscow are likely to exacerbate tensions in the region.
Involved in the aerial drills were Russian-made Su-27SM and Su-30SM fighters, Su-24M and Su-34 bombers, and Su-25SM3 attack aircraft. The report by Interfax said: “During the exercises, the planes will perform missile launches and bombardment of naval targets.
Both the Russian air force and the Russian Black Sea Fleet are set to also perform, “tasks to accompany ship strike groups and actions as part of reconnaissance strike complexes while ensuring security in the Black Sea”. The military war games have seen involvement from naval aircraft and helicopters from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.