A U.S. Air Force B-52H strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, entered Ukrainian airspace within the framework of security cooperation.
U.S. B-52H Stratofortress bombers assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, have integrated with Ukrainian fighter jets during a Bomber Task Force Europe mission and flying along the Black Sea coast Sept. 23, 2020.
The U.S. remains committed to all missions in all domains with our allies and partners and will decisively respond to threats in spite of the current COVID-19 crisis, according to a recent service news release.
In turn, the Russian military reported that two Su-27 fighter jets scrambled to intercept two B-52H strategic bombers of the US Air Force over the Black Sea.
According to the center, on Wednesday Russian radars detected two air targets over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. The aircraft were approaching Russia’s sovereign airspace.
“Two Su-27 fighter jets of the Southern Military District’s air defense units on duty were scrambled to identify the air targets and to prevent their unauthorized incursion into the Russian airspace. The crews of the Russian fighter aircraft identified the air targets as B-52N strategic bombers of the US Air Force and escorted them over the Black Sea,” the center said. -0—mil/
The National Defense Control Center pointed out that after the US aircraft had turned away from the Russian border, the Su-27 fighter jets returned to their home airbases.