Russia may launch massive missile strike on Ukraine — Defense Express

Tu-95MS
Tu-95MS

Satellite images of Russia's Olenya airfield in Murmansk Oblast suggest preparations for a massive missile strike on Ukraine, military portal Defense Express reported on May 19.

As of May 15, 12 Tu-95MS strategic bombers, 13 Tu-22M3 strategic bombers, one Tu-160, and two An-12 military transport aircraft were spotted at the airfield.

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Defense Express highlights that Ukraine needs to monitor the Olenya airbase closely, as it is a key site for Russian Air Forces to launch massive missile strikes against Ukraine.

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British and Ukrainian intelligence estimate that Russia still has approximately 40 Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 bombers in its strategic aviation and can use them for large-scale missile strikes on Ukraine.

This means that Russia has gathered a third of its combat-ready bombers of this type at the Olenya airfield at once.

Defense Express reports that deploying a third of the combat-ready Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 fleet at such a remote airfield may indicate that Russia is preparing for new strikes on Ukraine's critical infrastructure and is also trying to protect its most valuable aircraft from potential long-range kamikaze drone attacks by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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