Britain “intercepts Putin’s nuclear bombers on the North Sea and sends troops to the gates of Russia as tensions erupt in Ukraine”

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RAF planes intercepted a couple of Russian nuclear bombers as the UK deploys troops at Russia’s doorstep.

Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have camped near the Ukrainian border as tensions rise amid fears that the Kremlin is plotting an invasion.

An RAF Typhoon pictured with a Tu-160 bomber

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An RAF Typhoon pictured with a Tu-160 bomberCredit: PA: Press Association
Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have camped near the Ukrainian border as tensions mount

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Tens of thousands of Russian soldiers have camped near the Ukrainian border as tensions mountCredit: AFP

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The United States has warned its European counterparts that Russia may be plotting to invade UkraineCredit: Reuters
Tens of thousands of Russian troops, including elite units, are sent to the border

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Tens of thousands of Russian troops, including elite units, are sent to the borderCredit: AP

The Dutch Air Force said its planes along with those of the RAF, as well as the Belgian and Norwegian air forces, intercepted two Tu-160 bombers.

The huge supersonic bomber – nicknamed the White Swan – has nuclear capabilities and is often used on exploration missions to test NATO air forces.

An RAF spokesperson said typhoons from Lossiemouth and Coningsby bases were launched at “unidentified aircraft approaching the UK area of ​​interest”.

Meanwhile, British troops have been sent to Poland’s border with Belarus, while the Russians deploy soldiers in the country.

Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said British Royal Engineers have started a “reconnaissance” mission with their Polish colleagues across the tense border.

“Our soldiers will cooperate to strengthen the Polish-Belarusian border fence,” said Blaszczak.

The Belarusian military said the exercise involving a battalion of Russian paratroopers was intended to test the readiness of the Allied rapid response forces due to “increased military activity near the Belarusian border”.

The United States has warned that Russia may be plotting to invade Ukraine.

They told their transatlantic counterparts that this also includes elite units, while some have been deployed covertly at night.

The alleged military operations come amid tensions over migrants and energy supplies.

Sources in Whitehall said the government was concerned about the information and there were “twitches” and “anxiety” among officials.

US intelligence is believed to be based on details that have not yet been disclosed with Europe, several sources told Bloomberg.

The potential invasion could eerily echo the events of 2014, when Russia invaded and annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

Just last month, Russia has organized massive “invasion” exercises in Crimea with more than 40 warships and 30 jets in a terrifying display of force.

US officials have now urged Moscow to reconsider making a “grave mistake,” spurred by President Joe Biden’s concerns.

But the Kremlin insisted it was not an aggressor and instead accused the US of prodding Europe with its warnings.

Vladimir Putin has already been targeted after being accused of creating a migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border to destabilize Europe.

‘TWITCHINESS’

His country has deployed two nuclear bombers to patrol the skies of Belarus in the midst of the bitter border dispute.

So Russia claimed to have chased a British spy plane on Thursday on the Black Sea region.

The RC-135 reconnaissance plane “tried to approach the state border of the Russian Federation in the southwestern part of the Crimean peninsula,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

They said they took off a Sukhoi SU-30 fighter to intercept the British plane, which reportedly changed course after being approached.

Russian officials said the troops had only been deployed for maneuvers and in response to increased NATO activity near the borders.

The Kremlin had previously warned that the West was “playing with fire” by deploying warships in the Black Sea and had warned of the “risks of confrontation”.

They complained that two US warships and four NATO spy planes had been sent close to Crimea in just 24 hours.

Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reassured Ukraine that the US commitment to ensuring their security is “iron”.

Referring directly to the build-up of Russian forces, he warned that any “escalation or aggressive action would be of grave concern to the United States”.

The West insists that under international law Crimea belongs to Ukraine.

Earlier this year, fighting for the territory triggered a serious diplomatic incident while Putin has sent tens of thousands of soldiers and weapons to the border.

There are fears that the potential invasion may mirror that of Crimea in 2014

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There are fears that the potential invasion may mirror that of Crimea in 2014Credit: Getty
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