Russia will use more than 50 fighter jets, bombers and attack aircraft in military exercises over the Black Sea with missile launches and bombing. This was reported on the website of the Southern Military District.
"In total, more than 50 aircraft of operational-tactical aviation of the Air Force and Air Defense and Naval Aviation of the Black Sea Fleet are involved in combat training," the message says.
These are Su-27SM, Su-30SM fighters and Su-24M and Su-34 bombers, as well as Su-25SM3 attack aircraft, the military said. According to them, the jets will have to carry out rocket launches and bombing at sea targets.
Meanwhile, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that there are 80,000 Russian soldiers and 30,000 pro-Russian militants near the border with Ukraine. He spoke about this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the text of which is available for viewing on the presidential website.
"On the eastern border and in the Crimea, Russia has deployed about 80,000 troops, to which should be added another 30,000 pro-Russian militants and the official military of Russia in Donbas. It is definitely not in the interests of Europe that such a military potential could be used for its intended purpose, like this Moscow will want. The expansion of the war can only bring new suffering and problems to everyone, and no one will benefit from it," he said.