According to the British newspaper, The Sun, the Israeli intelligence company, ImageSat International, detected an unusual presence of the Russian Tu-160 and Tu-95 strategic bombers at the Olinia Air Base, which has been used since the Cold War era as a field of deployment for the Russian Air Force. To be a launching pad for nuclear strikes on the United States.
According to images obtained by the company, four Tu-160 launchers have been stationed since August 21 and three Tu-95 missiles have been stationed since September 25. The base did not witness the presence of any strategic bombers before this date, which indicates that it was transferred there recently, which increased fears of Putin’s resort to the use of nuclear weapons.
The bombers are believed to have been transferred from Engels Air Force Base in the Saratov region in southwest Russia – about 700 kilometers southeast of Moscow and home to the only Russian strategic bombers stationed near Ukraine, including the Tu-160 and Tu-95.
Bombers capable of carrying cruise missiles and strategic nuclear weapons have been active in the Ukraine war since the start of the military operation in February, but their operations are shrouded in secrecy.