VLADIMIR PUTIN has stoked heightened global tensions after it was revealed Russia’s long-haul bombers are set to patrol Japan and the US state of Hawaii.
The new bomber division will be based in the Irkutsk and Amur regions and will fly over the Pacific Ocean.
The formation will include Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic missile aircrafts and Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, according to Russian media.
A military source said: “The formation of the division is nearly complete. It will comprise several squadrons of long-haul heavy bombers stationed in the Eastern and the Central military districts.”