At Olenya, Russian Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers are in the open air

The Ukrainian War, closely monitored from its initiation by the Russian-based Rybar research group, may have just disclosed a potential attack point for Ukrainian military forces. Their focus? The Olenya air base is situated in Murmansk. 

In a recent report, Rybar – formerly known for its Twitter presence – indicates that this airbase could serve as a prime spot for sabotage. The Russian Aerospace Forces reportedly left various long-range aircraft models, including the Tu-95, Tu-160, and Tu-22M3 bombers, plainly visible to both aerial and satellite views. In addition to these, refueling planes belonging to the Russian Air Force remain unhidden. 

Rybar postulates that any assault on this military installation by the Ukrainian secret services could agitate regional tensions. This is especially possible if Moscow suspects Western countries of being involved in the attack, given the recent spread of NATO towards the East.

Confirmed: Russia has included the Tu-160 bombers in the war
Photo credit: Reuters

Like Nord Stream

Rybar suggests that Ukraine’s allies may back a potential assault at Olenya airbase, a standpoint analyzed by a Russian observer. This action by Western intelligence might be seen as an attempt to fuel the conflict in the North. 

In the wake of the Nord Stream incidents, Rybar pens, the West’s capacity and resolve to hit vital Russian installations should not be underestimated.

Worries in Japan! The Kremlin sent two 'Bear' bombers near Tokyo - Tu-95MS bombers
Photo by Sergei Fedichev

The last sabotage

Allow us to remind you of an occurrence from just the other day. On January 4th, reports from Ukraine indicated that a Russian Su-34 had caught fire on the runway of the Chelyabinsk airport, as documented by 

From what the sources tell us, “The dark hours of January 4th revealed a Su-34 fighter-bomber in flames at Shagol Airport in Chelyabinsk, Russia. In reality, the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, more commonly recognized as GUR, orchestrated the operation.”

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Tu-22M bomber with AS-4 Kitchen missiles landed at St. Petersburg
Photo credit: RIA Novosti

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.


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