Russia’s Ilyushin Il-96-300PU aircraft, which is used to command armed forces in the event of a nuclear conflict was seen at the borders of Ukraine, Avia.pro website reports.
Shortly before that, it was reported that two strategic Tu-95 missile carrying aircraft appeared in the sky as well. It was said later, however, that the Tu-95 aircraft flew towards the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan.
The reports sowed panic in Kiev as Western media continue reporting that Russia has stations a 200,000-strong army near the border with Ukraine.
The flight of the Russian Il-96-300PU did not last long, however, judging by the flight route, the aircraft simulated a real flight, which would be made in the event of a full-scale armed conflict. Most likely, it goes about a test flight.
The Il-96-300PU is a customized version of the Il-96-300, which is used as the primary aircraft in the Russian presidential aircraft fleet. Russian presidents Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev used them as VIP planes.
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