Russian bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons have been spotted at an air base near the Finnish border, satellite images show.
Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International detected an “irregular presence” of Russian TU-160 and TU-95 strategic bombers at the Olenya air base.
According to satellite images obtained by the Jerusalem Post, four TU-160s were seen at the base on August 21 and three TU-95s on September 25.
But there were no strategic bombers at the air base on August 12, suggesting they were moved there recently, raising fears that Putin could unleash a nuclear Armageddon.
The bombers are believed to have been flown to the base from Engels airbase in southwestern Russia, previously the only base operating the Tu-160.
The Olenya airbase contains tactical and strategic nuclear weapons, according to reports.
Since the Cold War, Olenya has served as a deployment range for the Russian Air Force and would have been a base of operations for nuclear strikes on the US.
ImageSat International said: “The system indicates that the Engels air base is the possible starting point of the strategic bombers detected at the Olenya air base.”
The bombers have been used during Putin’s barbaric war in Ukraine to fire cruise missiles with ballistic warheads, rather than nuclear ones, but both planes can be fitted with a nuclear warhead.
Although it is unclear why the bombers moved to Olenya, the airbase is believed to be out of reach of the Ukrainian military.
And it comes as Mad Vlad continues to threaten the West with the possibility of using nuclear weapons.
On Friday, it officially annexed four regions of Ukraine covering about 15 percent of the country, roughly the size of Hungary or Portugal.
The scandalous move has raised fears that it could launch a nuclear attack to protect its so-called Russian territory.
As fierce Ukrainian forces push their troops back in the northeast of the country, there are concerns that the tyrant may try to recast the lightning counter-offensive as an attack on Russia’s sovereignty.
The Kremlin said any attack on newly annexed parts of Ukraine would be seen as an attack on Russia itself, adding that its troops would fight to take the entire eastern Donbas region.
NATO has issued a chilling warning of nuclear war after Putin’s deranged speech on Friday brought the world to the most dangerous moment since the Russian invasion.
Jens Stoltenberg, who heads the Western military alliance, said Putin’s brazen land grabs will not stop NATO from giving its “unwavering support” to Ukraine.
“Putin mobilized hundreds of thousands more troops, engaged in irresponsible nuclear saber rattling and now illegally annexed more Ukrainian territory,” Stoltenberg said.
“Together, this represents the most serious escalation since the beginning of the war.
“NATO reaffirms its unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“We remain determined to provide support to Ukraine as it continues to defend itself from Russian aggression, for as long as it takes.”