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Four Russian fighter jets intercepted after flying into Polish airspace
- Jets departed from Kaliningrad, flew through the Polish skies and over the Baltic Sea
- Italian Air Force has mixed up four Eurofighter jets to intercept the offending plane
- Russian jets were forced to return to Russian exclave, air force said
- Rome’s jets were stationed in Poland earlier this year as part of a NATO mission
- Disturbing air confrontation came as war in Ukraine continues
According to the Italian Air Force, four Russian fighter jets have been intercepted and forced to return to base after violating Polish airspace earlier today.
Aeronautica Militare announced that the squadron was taking off from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, and following an aggressive path that took them through Polish airspace.
The offending jets then continued across the Baltic Sea before heading towards Sweden.
Italy quickly put down four Eurofighter Typhoon jets in response, which took off from Poland’s Malbork Air Force Base and intercepted the Russian plane, forcing them to return to Kaliningrad.
The Air Force said the Russian fighter jets were also encroaching on Swedish airspace, but this claim was denied by the Swedish Armed Forces press service, which said Putin’s planes were only over international waters.
Rome’s planes were stationed in Poland this summer as part of NATO’s air police mission.
Poland has been a longtime member of NATO, joining in 1999, while Sweden, along with its northern neighbor Finland, applied for membership in the security bloc earlier this year.
The troubling outage of Russian fighter jets comes as fighting continues in eastern and southern Ukraine, with Russian President Vladimir Putin making a series of nuclear threats to the West as his forces withdraw in the face of Ukraine’s counter-offensive.
The photo shows Eurofighter Typhoon jets preparing for takeoff to intercept Russian jets that the Italian Air Force said had violated Polish airspace
The Italian Air Force announced that the squadron had taken off from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and said Eurofighters were being sent to intercept them
Kaliningrad is a Russian province that lies between Poland and Lithuania
Italian fighter jets are currently stationed in Poland as part of the Baltic Air Policing operation, which is an expression of NATO countries’ solidarity with Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, i.e. the Alliance countries that do not have their own military aviation .
Permanent air policing is a mandatory procedure, so in this case the task of monitoring the air is shared by NATO allies who take turns conducting operations with a three-month rotation.
Kaliningrad is a Russian province that lies between Poland and Lithuania.
Founded in 1255 as Koenigsberg, the capital of East Prussia, it remained a German city for centuries until it was taken by Stalin’s Red Army during World War II.
The Soviet Union renamed the city Kaliningrad in 1946 and later expelled the German population and claimed the area as its own.
The exclave is now home to nearly a million Russians and is a heavily militarized region.
Putin threatened to send nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad earlier this year, while Russian officials warned of “consequences with serious negative consequences” for the people of Lithuania after the EU and NATO member state decided to prevent Moscow from sending EU-sanctioned goods to the isolated Russian land. territory.
Italian fighter jets are currently stationed in Poland as part of the Baltic Air Policing operation
Russia deployed several MiG-31-K fighter jets armed with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles – which can be equipped with nuclear warheads – to its European exclave of Kaliningrad in August.
It’s unclear what kind of Russian aircraft prompted the Eurofighters to intervene earlier today, but Moscow’s defense ministry announced in August that several MiG-31 fighter jets were sent to Kaliningrad.
The specially modified MiG-31K variants can carry Kinzhal or ‘Dagger’ hypersonic missiles, which can be armed with warheads and fly at 12 times the speed of sound.
Kaliningrad’s location has made it a pioneer in Moscow’s efforts to counter NATO’s hostile policies.
The Kremlin has methodically reinforced and armed its forces there with state-of-the-art weapons, including precision-guided Iskander missiles and a range of air defense systems.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the Russian frontline continues to collapse, especially in the southern region of Kherson, with dozens of cities liberated within hours, according to sources on both sides of the conflict.
Kiev said its troops were “advanced confidently toward the sea,” as videos showed the town of Davydiv Brid was under their control, along with a number of smaller settlements in the surrounding countryside.
Pro-Russian military bloggers said their troops had retreated about 10 miles along the Dnipro River when the entire northern end of their territory west of the river fell into Ukrainian hands.
It comes just days after President Vladimir Putin declared that the Kherson region – along with three others – is part of Russia, swearing they would belong to Moscow “forever”.