Disinfo: Russian long-range bombers have never realized bombing simulations against other countries


The appearance of American bombers B-52H Stratofortress at the borders of Crimea and imitation of bombing of Crimea has provocative character, and it is the element of information war. The main component in this event is the imitation of bombing of Crimea. The Russian long-range bombers have never allowed themselves such actions.


This message presents a narrative on aggressive NATO threatening peaceful Russia. Read similar cases alleging that NATO is an instrument of US foreign policy, the USA imposes confrontation with Russia on Europe and NATO is pursuing a real war-preparation policy for Europe.

During the recent years, there has been increased activity of the Russian strategic bombers flying close to the borders of NATO members and other US allies - in many situations, these flights take a form of military provocation. It is a common situation when the Russian strategic bombers openly violate the airspace of sovereign countries (Japan, South Korea, Colombia, etc.). Moreover, there have been cases (confirmed by NATO), that Russian strategic bombers simulated nuclear strikes against other countries – see the case of Sweden.

Regarding the recent flight of the American bombers near Crimea, according to the United States European Command (EUCOM), two B-52H strategic bombers conducted the integration and interoperability training with European allies and partners in the Black Sea region. The EUCOM states that this deployment enhances global stability and security while enabling units to become familiar with the U.S. Air Forces Europe-U.S. Air Forces Africa area of responsibility.


  • Reported in: Issue 171
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US, Sweden
  • Keywords: Black Sea, Military, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Military exercise, NATO, Crimea


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