Putin parachutes into tanks in Ukrainian invasion drills and threatens Europe with atomic bombs amid Sept. 3 fears
VLADIMIR Putin parachuted into tanks during an invasion drill in Ukraine when Russia threatens to flood Europe with atomic bombs amid fears that World War III could break out.
When tensions between Moscow and Kiev reached their boiling point, Russia flexed its military muscles by dropping a tank with a single parachute from an airplane.
The footage shows the large vehicle with a long gun that, along with other equipment, is shot down from a Russian military cargo plane during an exercise near Kostroma, western Russia.
The images were shared online by the Russian Defense Ministry, which said: âNear Kostroma, paratroopers from Ivanovo carried out the landing of equipment from military transport aircraft to the Budikhino airfield.
“At the time of landing, the aircraft was flying at a speed of over 360 km / h. When it was dropped at the landing site, the air temperature was minus 25 degrees.”
The Defense Ministry also released a statement saying that “soldiers from the Ivanovo Guards Airborne Formation carried out the landing of equipment from the Russian Aerospace Forces military transport aircraft (MTA) on the Budikhino airfield”.
They added, “All equipment and parachute systems were working, the landing of the 8-ton BMD-2 and P-7 platform with a load of more than 5 tons went normally.”
Meanwhile, Russia announced today that two Tu-95MS bombers have been deployed with strategic missiles amid tensions with the West over unrest on the Ukrainian border.
“[They] carried out a scheduled flight in the air space over the neutral waters of the Sea of ââOkhotsk and the Sea of ââJapan, âsaid the Russian Defense Ministry.
A statement added, “The Air Force Su-35S and Air Defense Army crews of the Eastern Military District assisted the fighters on the flight.”
The flight lasted more than nine hours and Russia made it clear that more flights closer to Europe could be expected.
“The crews of long-haul aircraft regularly fly over the neutral waters of the Arctic, the North Atlantic, the Black and Baltic Seas and the Pacific Ocean,” said the ministry.
All flights are carried out “in strict compliance with the international rules for the use of airspace,” says the declaration.
It comes amid mounting tensions between the West and Moscow over a possible invasion of Ukraine – with growing fears that war might break out.
This month US intelligence discovered that Russia was rallying 175,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine as fears of a possible invasion in early 2022 mount.
FAR OF WAR
As the US looks closely, Russia has warned Joe Biden not to push the nation to the brink of nuclear war.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned that the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis could have a terrifying echo.
“You know, it could really come to that,” he said last week.
“If things go on as they are, the logic of events makes it entirely possible to suddenly wake up and see yourself in something similar.”
Putin’s general has meanwhile warned that Russia’s nuclear launchers and hypersonic missiles are “ready for action” – which further fuels fears of an invasion of Ukraine.
The Chief of Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, said more than 95 percent of Moscow’s ground-based strategic nuclear forces are kept “in constant combat readiness”.
But Britain and its allies are reported to be ready to use force to stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – despite warnings, it would lead to the worst conflict since World War II.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the crisis was an important test of the West’s determination to contain Vladimir Putin.