On Thursday, two American F-35 fighter jets intercepted a Russian military aircraft near Alaska, marking the second such event in just two days.
The Russian plane was approaching Alaska’s Air Defense Identification Zone when intercepted. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) deemed the incident “routine” and not related to any recent reports of unidentified aircraft sightings in the area.
NORAD said, “This is the second intercept of Russian aircraft over two days. This Russian activity near the North American ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat, nor is the activity seen as provocative.”
BREAKING: Two US F-35 fighter jets just intercepted a Russian fighter aircraft off the coast of Alaska.
Russia is preparing for nuclear war. Get used to this.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 16, 2023
A similar incident took place on Monday when the United States intercepted four Russian aircraft above Alaska.
“The Alaskan Region of NORAD detected, tracked, positively identified and intercepted four Russian aircraft entering and operating within the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone on February 13, 2023,” NORAD said in a statement.
JUST IN: North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted 4 Russian aircraft above Alaska yesterday.
Things will continue to get worse.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 14, 2023
Also on Monday, two Dutch F-35 fighters scrambled to intercept three Russian military aircraft above Poland. The jets were escorted out according to the Netherlands’ defense ministry.
“The then unknown aircraft approached the Polish NATO area of responsibility from Kaliningrad,” a translation of the statement read.
“After identification, it turned out to be three aircraft: a Russian IL-20M Coot-A that was escorted by two Su-27 Flankers. The Dutch F-35s escorted the formation from a distance and handed over the escort to NATO partners.”
It is becoming increasingly clear that Russia intends on ramping up war efforts as the ongoing war with Ukraine intensifies.
According to the Norwegian Intelligence Service, Russia is deploying nuclear weapon-armed vessels into the Baltic Sea. This is the first time in 30 years that this has happened.
“The key part of the nuclear potential is on the submarines and surface ships of the Northern Fleet,” the Norwegian intel said.
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The Northern Fleet warships regularly went to sea with nuclear weapons during the Cold War era, but this is the first time the modern Russian Federation has done the same, the report added.
While Russia also has submarine capabilities, anti-satellite weapons and cyber capabilities that could threaten Norway and the NATO military alliance, tactical nuclear weapons are “a particularly serious threat in several operational scenarios in which NATO countries may be involved,” the report said.
The Norwegian intelligence also noted that an escalation of a localized war into a wider conflict involving the Unites States, NATO and Norway cannot be ruled out.
The agency assessed that while Russia will maintain, modernize and develop its nuclear arsenal, no significant changes in Russian nuclear doctrine are expected in the coming years.
The ongoing situation in Ukraine continues to escalate.
As noted by Fox News, Ukrainian forces are killing 1,000 Russian troops every day which may suggest why Russia is preparing their nuclear weapons.
In late January, the city of Vuhledar near Donetsk, a coal mining town in Ukraine, was attacked by Russian troops, which included the elite 155th naval infantry. Despite their efforts, Ukrainian forces were successful in repelling the offensive and managing to kill, injure, or capture 5,000 Russian troops. Reports from Ukrainian updates indicate that the ongoing war is having a significant impact on Russia, with an estimated 824 Russian troops dying each day, as confirmed by U.K. officials.
“The 155th brigade already had to be restaffed three times. The first time after Irpin and Bucha; the second time they were defeated near Donetsk – they recovered again,” said Urkainian defense forces spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi. “And now almost the entire brigade has already been destroyed near Vuhledar.”