According to official sources, the planes, as well as a KC-130J Hercules tanker, from the Second Marine Corps Air Wing, arrived from the Beaufort Air Force Base (South Carolina, United States).
The transfer of the US warplanes to the Lask air base is being carried out with the alleged aim of strengthening the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)’s defense capabilities and supporting its air patrol mission.
Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, after the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics requested assistance to repel Kiev’s attacks.
Moscow recognized the independence and sovereignty of both territories and signed treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance with their leaders, which included the establishment of diplomatic relations and military aid.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the aim of the special military operation is to protect the population of Donbass from abuses and genocide by Kiev over the past eight years and to demilitarize Ukraine.