US spy plane spotted near Russian maritime border in Black Sea

A US Air Force Boeing RC-135V large reconnaissance aircraft based in Crete, Greece made its way into the Black Sea this morning, coasting along the Russian maritime border in the Krasnodar region before making its way around the Crimean peninsula, online aircraft monitoring resource PlaneRadar has reported, citing the plane’s transponder data.

Prior to making its way to the Russian maritime border, the aircraft was joined by a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker for refueling in the southwestern Black Sea.

The plane was the third US aircraft to be spotted carrying out reconnaissance operations around southern Russia in less than a day’s time. On Tuesday afternoon, a USAF RQ-4B-40 Global Hawk took off from a base in Sicily, Italy, flying near Russia’s borders in Crimea, Krasnodar, and eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region.