Russian Defense Minister Says US Bombers
Came Within 12.4 Miles of Russia’s Border
Dave DeCamp / AntiWar.com
(November 23, 2021) — On Tuesday, Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said US bombers simulated a nuclear strike on Russia this month, and some planes came within 12.4 miles of the countries border during the exercise. Shoigu noted an uptick in US bomber activity in the region during talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe.
“We are witnessing a considerable increase in the US strategic bombers’ activity near the Russian borders. Over the past month, they conducted about 30 flights to the borders of the Russian Federation, or 2.5 times more compared to the same period of last year,” Shoigu said, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.
The US rehearsed the nuclear strike on Russia during an annual Strategic Command exercise known as Global Thunder. “This month, in the course of the US Strategic Command’s Global Thunder exercise, 10 strategic bombers practiced employing nuclear weapons against Russia actually simultaneously from the western and eastern directions,” Shoigu said. “The minimal distance from our state border was 20 km (12.4 miles).”
The bomber exercises were carried out as the US is accusing Russia of planning an invasion of Ukraine, citing an alleged troop build-up in the region. Moscow has denied these accusations and pointed out that the US is making a big deal about Russian troop movements inside Russia while sending its military into the region.
“The ones who are accusing us of some kind of unusual military activity on our own territory are themselves sending their armed forces from across the ocean,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.
US Bombers Practiced Using Nuclear
Weapons Against Russia This Month
MOSCOW (November 23, 2021) — Russia sees US strategic bombers’ intensified activity in close proximity to its borders, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday.
“We are witnessing a considerable increase in the US strategic bombers’ activity near the Russian borders. Over the past month, they conducted about 30 flights to the borders of the Russian Federation, or 2.5 times more compared to the same period of last year,” Russia’s defense chief said during talks with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe.
As the Russian defense minister stressed, “this month, in the course of the US Strategic Command’s Global Thunder exercise, 10 strategic bombers practiced employing nuclear weapons against Russia actually simultaneously from the western and eastern directions.”
“The minimal distance from our state border was 20 km,” Shoigu pointed out.
Developing interaction between Russia and China is especially important amid “the intensifying geopolitical turbulence and the growing conflict potential in various regions of the world,” he said.
“China and Russia have been strategic partners for many years. Today it is especially vital to develop our interaction in the conditions of the intensifying geopolitical turbulence and the growing conflict potential in various regions of the world,” Shoigu stressed.
US Strategic Command Commences
Annual Nuclear Readiness Exercise — Global Thunder 22
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (November 1, 2021) – US Strategic Command commenced its annual nuclear command and control and field training exercise, Global Thunder 22, providing training opportunities in all USSTRATCOM mission areas, with a specific focus on nuclear readiness.
Global Thunder 22 (GT22) is designed around realistic training activities against simulated adversaries with the goal of evaluating areas to further improve nuclear readiness and strategic deterrent capabilities. This training involves increased bomber flights, missileer training, and SSBN readiness, verifying reliability and resilience of the nuclear triad.
GT22 will employ global operations in coordination with other combatant commands, services, and appropriate US government agencies to deter, detect and, if necessary, defeat strategic attacks against the United States and its allies.
USSTRATCOM has global responsibilities that include strategic deterrence, nuclear operations, joint electromagnetic spectrum operations, global strike, missile defense, and analysis and targeting.
For more information, contact the USSTRATCOM Public Affairs Office at 402-912-0020 or USSTRATCOMPA@mail.mil or visit www.stratcom.mil.
US Provokes an Escalation in Eastern Ukraine
The Russian Foreign Intelligence office (SVR) has issued an unprecedented warning about US operations in eastern Ukraine. This is a machine-translated text.
(November 23, 20210 — The press Bureau of the SVR of Russia reports that recently Washington officials have been actively intimidating the world community by allegedly preparing Russia for “aggression” against Ukraine. According to incoming data, the US State Department through diplomatic channels brings to its allies and partners absolutely false information about the concentration of forces on the territory of our country for a military invasion of Ukraine.
The Americans paint a terrible picture of how hordes of Russian tanks will begin to crush Ukrainian cities, convince them that they have some “reliable information” about such intentions of Russia.
It is surprising with what speed a previously quite respectable foreign ministry turns into a mouthpiece of false propaganda.
These fabrications, however, are not as harmless as it may seem. The quote attributed to the Minister of Propaganda of Hitler’s Germany, Joseph Goebbels, reads: “The more monstrous the lie, the more willing the crowd is to believe in it.”
Of course, this line fits into the anti-Russian course of the West. We are much more concerned about the fact that such aggressive propaganda encourages the Kiev regime to build up its military grouping in the Donbas and resume shelling of civilian objects.
There is data on the creeping advance of Ukrainian positions deep into the so-called gray zone along the demarcation line, as well as the concentration of forces and means of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the border areas with Russia and Belarus.
The United States and its allies continue to pump Ukraine with weapons, encourage the use of delivered means of destruction, including strike unmanned aerial systems, in order to carry out military provocations.
The provocative policy of the United States and the European Union, which deliberately strengthens Kiev’s sense of permissiveness and impunity, causes extreme concern.
We observed a similar situation in Georgia on the eve of the events of 2008. Then M. Saakashvili “broke loose” and tried to destroy Russian peacekeepers and the civilian population of South Ossetia. It cost him dearly.
S.N. Ivanov is the Head of Russia’s SCR Press Bureau.
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