The US deploy two strategic bombers B-52H that build to carry nuclear weapons to Europe on September 14. It is connected with the beginning of the Russian-Belarusian West-2017 military drills. Interfax reported this citing the data of the western aviation websites.
‘The American bombers of the 307 air wing that took off from the Barksdale air force base (Louisiana State) should arrive at the Fairford air force base in the UK’, the message said.
The arrival of the aircrafts with call signs MYTEE53 and MYTEE51 is expected about 13:00 in Kyiv time.
The Russian-Belarusian Russian-Belarusian West-2017 military drills started on September 14. The Defense Ministry of Belarus claimed that the joint maneuvers with Russia carry only the defensive nature.
The drills will take place under the supervision of the international observers from the UN, OSCE, NATO, CIS, CSTO, ICRC and the military observers from the neighboring countries, including Ukraine.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that the Russian-Belarusian West-2017 drills threaten Ukraine. He noted that Ukraine will control and monitor for withdrawal of all equipment after the drills.
The Head of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko noted that Ukraine prepares for different scenarios due to the West-2017 drills. According to him, these drills have a broader context than the announced maneuvers in the territory of Belarus. The aim of them is to train the Russian troops for the offensive actions and carry a threat both for NATO countries and former Soviet-era countries.