Russia Sends Strategic Bomber into Occupied Ukraine

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Yesterday’s daily OSCE report proved a little more interesting than usual.
On events for Feb 15th, they reported seeing a plane flying over Russian occupied Ukraine. There “hand held imagery,” which is probably film footage, described the plane as likely to be either a Russian made – Tupolev TU-95 or Tupolev TU-142. Wikipedia

The Tupolev Tu-142 is a maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The Tu-95 turboprop is a strategic bomber. These are old planes. One can surmise Russia’s sent an older plane into Ukraine to first test the water. If it got shot down, no great loss. If not shot down as in the case here, it’s a propaganda victory. With the large, slow moving plane having flown during the day, it was hardly going to be missed.

OSCE planeThe OSCE report.

Tupolev_Tu-95_6906568850The Tupolev TU-142.

The OSCE monitors were “positioned in an area north-west of Liubivka village (formerly Leninske), which is…

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