It is reported that the aircraft is collecting information on the situation in Crimea.
'PING41 6414841 USAF RC135V Rivet Joint on surveillance mission over the Black Sea, collecting intel on situation in Crimea and Russian coast,' reads the message.
PING41 6414841 USAF RC135V Rivet Joint on surveillance mission over the Black Sea, collecting intel on situation in Crimea and Russian coast. https://t.co/QVrUHzLFHb pic.twitter.com/cb3EI8777a via @5472_nde #Ukraine— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) January 9, 2019
As we reported earlier, more than ten Russian fighter jets, Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 arrived at Belbek airfield near Sevastopol on December 22. Foreign mass media report that the deployment of the combat aircraft was conducted amid the increased tension around the Sea of Azov after the incident on November 25, when Russia captured the Ukrainian vessels and its crew members in the Black Sea.
Crimea was annexed by Russia after the illegal referendum held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.