U.S. signal intelligence aircraft Boeing RC-135V has begun the patrolling of the coast of occupied Crimea as “Military portal” reported.
The aircraft with call sign REMIT41 is based at Souda Bay base on Crete Island, Greece.
Boeing RC-135V is a family of large reconnaissance aircraft used by U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force for the gathering, processing and pass of the intelligence information received by the special electronic equipment installed on the board.
It is based on Boeing C-135 Stratolifter with the use of General Dynamics, Lockheed, LTV, E-Systems и L-3 Communications equipment.
As we reported more than ten Russian fighter jets, Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 arrived at Belbek airfield near Sevastopol on December 22. Foreign media note that the transfer of the combat aircraft happened amidst the escalation of the situation around the Sea of Azov after the incident when the Russians captured three Ukrainian vessels and its crews in the Black Sea.
On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, another - to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.
On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.
Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019 Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.