US B-52 Bombers Fly in Country Bordering Ukraine

By Zachary Stieber March 5, 2022
U.S. B-52 bombers flew over a country that borders Ukraine, the U.S. military announced March 4.

The B-52 Stratofortress aircraft conducted a long-range “integration flight,” according to U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa.

The bombers took off from a base in England and headed to Germany to conduct an exercise alongside U.S. and German troops known as joint terminal attack controllers, who call strikes down from forward positions in the field.

The training mission included training in conjunction with Romania, a NATO ally that shares a border with Ukraine.

The exercises “give us a critical opportunity to integrate and train with our allies and partners, especially during this difficult time,” Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa and NATO’s Allied Air Command, said in a statement.

“Training together ensures the defensive power of NATO remains unmatched,” he added.

Russia invaded Ukraine, which is not in NATO, on Feb. 24, and fighting has continued in the country since then.

According to the Air Force, the Stratofortress is a long-range bomber that can fly at “high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet” and can carry nuclear or conventional bombs.

In a conflict, the military says, the B-52 “can perform strategic attack, close-air support, air interdiction, offensive counter-air, and maritime operations.”

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