Cockpit video shows a Russian fighter running up on a US B-52 bomber over Eastern Europe

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Su-27 fighter jets over a military base in the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine, December 6, 2018

(Mikhail Palinchak, Presidential Press Service via Associated Press)
The Russian Defense Ministry released a video shot from the cockpit of a Su-27 fighter as it raced after a U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress heavy, long-range bomber.

Three B-52 bombers from the U.S. Air Force's 5th Bomb Wing flew from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Eastern Europe in an unusual flight.

The U.S. Air Force released its own statement on recent activities, explaining that "strategic bomber missions enhance the readiness and training necessary to respond to any potential crisis or challenge across the globe."

The U.S. and Russia frequently intercept one another's bombers in Eastern Europe and over the Pacific.

In May, Russian Tu-95 long-range bombers entered the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone twice in two days. The U.S. scrambled F-22 stealth fighters and intercepted them. Afterward, the U.S. touted its ability to deter and defeat threats.

Two months earlier, it was the Russians intercepting U.S. B-52 bombers flying over the Baltic Sea during a short-term deployment to Europe. Russia accused the U.S. of unnecessarily fanning tensions.

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