The Russian Air Force is falling out of the sky

Russia's attempt at intimidation has backfired spectacularly

Russian Air Force planes
(Image credit: SERGEY VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

The flights began last year. The government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, eager to send a message, began flying nuclear bombers on training missions near the United States and its allies around the world.

The message was one of intimidation and defiance: Russia is still a power to be reckoned with, and meddling in the Ukraine, Syria, and Russia itself — particularly on human rights issues — is not appreciated.

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