Russia is amassing dozens of its bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons at a key air base in what seems to be a preparation for a massive new attack on Ukraine, hopefully with non-nuclear warheads.
This comes as the forces of bloodthirsty Moscow tyrant Vladimir Putin have been suffering one humiliating defeat after another at the hands of the ferocious Ukrainian defenders.
Two Dozen Nuclear Bombers: What Are They Up to?
After conquering a sizable chunk of Ukraine’s territory in their initial invasion stages in February-April, the Russians have been practically on the retreat since then, as the heroic Ukrainian resistance has been making the most of top-notch US and other weapon supplies.
After nearly 9.5 months of fighting, Russia’s military has lost 90,000 killed in action and 18,000 units of heavy military equipment, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.
If Putin’s proxies, mercenaries, and auxiliaries are also counted in, that will swell the number of killed Russian fighters to well above 100,000, while Russia’s total losses of killed, missing, wounded, and captured may be about 250,000.
❗Spiegel 🇩🇪 warns of the threat posed by nearly two dozen Tu-95 and Tu-160 long-range bombers which can be seen on satellite images from the Russian Engels-2 airfield near Saratov.
They can transport X-55 or X-101 cruise missiles.
Russia 🇷🇺 wants Ukraine 🇺🇦 in total darkness. pic.twitter.com/oa8UTmfnyG
— Jason Jay Smart (@officejjsmart) December 1, 2022
Ukraine’s Losses Mount
Earlier this week, Ukraine’s government announced that it has last about 13,000 troops killed in combat in the war so far, with several times more wounded.
As the Russians have been failing militarily despite Putin’s mass mobilization announced in September, Moscow’s commanders have been carrying out nauseating air strikes on civilian targets such as apartment buildings but, first and foremost, Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure. In addition, it seeks to leave its population in the cold during the winter to break its resolve to fight for freedom.
At least two dozen Soviet-Era nuclear-capable Russian long-range bombers of the Tu-160 and Tu-95 types have been amassed in Saratov, a key airbase in the European part of Russia, south of Moscow, The Daily Mail reported.
These have come with support and repair systems and fuel tanks, fueling the suspicions that Putin is preparing for another massive attack on Ukraine, this time using a fleet of strategic bombers.
In the past few months, Russia has been striking Ukraine with cruise missiles and Iranian killer drones, but it may be running out of both – hence the resorting to nuclear-capable bombers.
It’s time for the #West to provide #Ukraine with weapons which can hit #Russia|n air bases from which it launches its strategic bombers for missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, including as far as Kaluga, Saratov and Stavropol. pic.twitter.com/VmHwnd1yTW
— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) November 23, 2022
ℹ️ Russia is preparing for a new massive strike: the Engels-2 airfield is on high alert
— Ukraine War Now ✙ (@uarealitynow) December 1, 2022
‘NATO Impotents’ Targeted by Putin’s Heavy-Drinking Sidekick
According to a military analyst, Arda Mevlutoglu, the “unusually high” number of Russian bombers means “an imminent large-scale attack” on Ukraine.
For the time being, Putin has shied away from dropping one or several nuclear bombs on Ukraine – but a horrifying nuclear attack remains a possibility as far as blood-stained Moscow is
The secretary general of the US-led NATO alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, and US officials have said there are negotiations on whether Ukraine should get US-made Patriot anti-air missile defenses.
A potential supply of Patriot missile systems to Ukraine could be a game changer in several ways. First, it is sure to enrage Moscow, which, while its military falters, may end up resorting to nuclear weapons.
The possibility of equipping Ukraine with Patriots led to a reaction by Russia’s heavily-drinking former President, Dmitry Medvedev, a top Putin ally who, in 2009-2013, took the presidential seat in a figurehead charade to observe Russia’s constitution.
In a drunken post on Telegram, Medvedev insulted the NATO nations – including America – as “impotents” and vowed that any Patriot systems supplied to the “Kyiv fanatics.”
Medvedev has been using more explicit, alcohol-inspired nuclear war threats on social media to the only significant effect of seeming more and more like a helpless drunk. He may be seeking to galvanize Russian extremist circles in a bid to succeed Putin as president someday.
“If, as Stoltenberg hinted, NATO supplies Kyiv fanatics with Patriot complexes along with NATO personnel, they will immediately become a legitimate target of our armed forces. I hope the Atlantean impotents understand that." pic.twitter.com/9g0mLnD6F3
— S-War Journal (@SWarJournal9) November 29, 2022
Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, has threatened that if Patriot anti-ballistic missile systems are shipped to Ukraine, they will become "a legal target" for the Russian invaders.
Source: Medvedev on Telegram pic.twitter.com/iFwnGCTUna
— Ukrainian News24 (@UkrainianNews24) November 29, 2022
Recent satellite imagery of Engels Air Base in western Russia has shown a very near-term increase in the number of Tu-95MS Bear and Tu-160 Blackjack bombers deployed there. https://t.co/G73zMB2w2v
— Ukrainian News24 (@UkrainianNews24) December 2, 2022
This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.
These are the indicative estimates of Russia’s combat losses as of Dec. 2, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/gV4VzzjR9u
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) December 2, 2022