Putin sends two nuclear bombers to fly past UK border in chilling escalation

Russia has sent two of his nuclear missile carrying planes soaring past the UK coast in a harrowing warning to the West.

Vladimir Putin's troops flew the supersonic Tu-160 bombers, a Soviet-era bomber also known as Blackjack, over the Norwegian Sea, just north of Shetland.

This is the second recent show of power by the warmonger after he deployed more strategic missile carries – two Tu-95MS planes – over the Bering Sea separating Russia and North America earlier this week.

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“Two Tu-160 strategic bombers have performed a scheduled flight in the airspace above neutral waters of the Barents and Norwegian seas,” the Russian Ministry of Defence said in a statement on Tuesday (February 14).

According to the Ministry, the total flight duration of the planes was 13 hours and included in-flight refueling, while the Tu-95MS flights lasted seven hours.

The moves come as a warning to the West following repeated threats of nuclear war by Putin if the war in Ukraine doesn't go his way.

And as the invasion approaches its first anniversary on February 24, tensions with Russia are reaching new heights and the Russian dictator is reportedly growing ever more enraged at the West's support of Ukraine, particularly the ongoing supply of weaponry.

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It is estimated his invasion has cost more than 100,000 Russians their lives so far.

The Norwegian Intelligence Service released its annual report which revealed Russia had started deploying ships with tactical atomic weapons in the Baltic Sea for the first time in 30 years.

This report added that the nuclear vessels are from Putin's Northern Fleet.

The Blackjack and Tu-95MS bombers are crucial mainstays in Russia's arsenal of long-range weapons.

Also known as the White Swan, the Tu-160 is designed to hit remote targets and can carry both nuclear and conventional weapons.

Meanwhile the Tu-95MS, which NATO reports as named Bear, entered service with the Long-Range Aviation of the Soviet Air Forces in 1956 and was first used in combat in 2015.

It is the only propeller-powered strategic bomber still in use today and is one of the loudest military aircrafts still in operation, in part because the tips of its propeller blades move faster than the speed of sound.

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