ImageSat International (ISI), an Israeli intelligence firm, has spotted an “irregular presence” of Russian TU-95 and TU-160 bombers deployed at the Olenya air base, which sits roughly 100 miles from the Finnish-Russian border, The Jerusalem Post reports.
The Russian bombers, capable of carrying strategic nuclear weapons, have been active in Moscow’s war with Ukraine since February. Still, since that time, the Russian Air Force has struggled to maintain air superiority in Ukraine after losing numerous aircraft.
But the timing of the planes situating near Finland’s border comes weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West that a pushed-back Russia would deploy nuclear weapons. Additionally, satellite images of the Russian bombers have come as Ukraine announced it would be requesting an expedited application review for entry into NATO.
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