Ukrainian attempt to hijack Russian strategic bomber thwarted – FSB

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Kiev’s spies tried to bribe the pilot of a Tu-22M3 aircraft, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has said

An attempt by Ukraine’s intelligence services to hijack a Russian Tu-22M3 nuclear-capable strategic bomber has been thwarted, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has said.

Kiev’s spies offered a Russian air force pilot money and Italian citizenship if he flew the aircraft to Ukraine, the agency said in a statement on Monday.

The involvement of special services of NATO countries in the failed hijacking was uncovered, the FSB said. It did not name specific members of the US-led military bloc.

During the “operational game,” Russian counterintelligence officers were able to obtain information that helped the military to carry out a successful strike again the Ukrainian armed forces’ Ozernoye airfield, it added.

The facility is located near the city of Zhytomir in northwest Ukraine.

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