MOSCOW ($1=58.30 Russian Rubles) — The Russian Air and Space Forces [VKS] have tested and continue to test their new Tu-214R reconnaissance aircraft. These claims were published in several Russian media, including RIA Novosti.
According to Russian military analysts, the Tu-214R was sent over to Ukraine to detect military targets. Other experts claim that the Tu-214R was used to map the current situation and detect future military structures.
The Tu-214R is a relatively new aircraft in service in the Russian Federation. Designed in 2009, the aircraft was officially accepted into service in 2012. One year earlier, 2011, was the first test flight of the Tu-214R. currently, the VKS has two such aircraft, but in 2016 Moscow ordered a third.
According to BulgarianMilitary.com sources, until recently one of the two planes was accepted for repair. The information was confirmed by some Russian media, which quoted a source from the Russian military-industrial complex, who literally said “Tu-214R was used to detect Ukrainian military sites after the completion of current repairs.”
What do we know
The information provided by Russia regarding the aircraft’s capabilities is scant. What we do know, according to Russian statements, is that the Tu-214R is equipped with “several omnidirectional and side-looking radars, electronic reconnaissance equipment, as well as an electron-optical system that produces high-resolution aerial photographs.” Russian sources claim that the plane detects enemy radio stations and radars 400 km away.
On the other side of the war, Ukraine has no such equipment. But, as BulgarianMilitary.com wrote yesterday [September 23], the United States European Command [USEUCOM] provides the necessary intelligence.
BulgarianMilitary.com published outdated [from July] USEUCOM documents on Ukrainian intelligence with coordinates of Russian positions, flights of aircraft and fighter jets, as well as the movement of Russian troops.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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