Five USAF KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, used in aerial refueling of strategic bombers, arrived in Lviv for participation in military exercises.

According to the report on the website of the US Air Force in Europe and Africa, four KC-135 Stratotankers landed at the Lviv International Airport on Friday and Saturday, June 1-2. Another such plane flew to Lviv on Thursday, June 7, writes Zaxid.net.

Along with the aircraft, 150 people personnel are reported to have arrived.

A photo of one of the flying tankers was published on Facebook by a prominent spotter Vitaliy Trubnikov.

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American planes flew to Lviv from several airbases: RAF Mildenhall (UK), McConnell AFB (Kansas, USA), Beale Air Force Base (California, USA) and the US National Guard base in Illinois.

The deployment of KC-135 aircraft in Ukraine is part of the American strategy to protect European allies, strengthening security in Eastern Europe and improving military cooperation between NATO Allies and partner states.

The KC-135 Stratotankers are takin part in training missions from June 4 to June 16 2018.

Their objective is to increase the range of strategic bombers.