- Mysterious object spotted changing colour during Putin’s Volgograd visit
- Putin marked the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd)
- UFO sighting occurred during speech on a possible escalation to nuclear war
Pilots in multiple Russian planes reported a UFO buzzing Volgograd when Vladimir Putin visited the city on Thursday.
The extraordinary accounts say the unidentified object ‘changed colour and height’ in the sky.
A report by Telegram channel Aviatorschina said the UFO was seen and reported to the aviation authorities by the crews of four separate passenger planes.
Putin had flown to Volgograd under close security to attend ceremonies linked to the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad in the Second World War.
The incidents came as the dictator hinted that the conflict in Ukraine could turn nuclear following the West’s moves to supply Kyiv with major supplies of tanks.
He said: ‘We don’t send our tanks to their borders but we have the means to respond, and it won’t end with the use of armoured vehicles, everyone must understand that.
‘A modern war with Russia will be completely different.’
Aviatorschina channel reported: ‘The crew of an Airbus A321 of S7 Airlines, operating flight S72046 from Sochi to Moscow, 12 minutes before reaching Volgograd at an altitude of 10,000 meters, reported that they observed an unidentified flying object at right angles to the plane, on the left side.
‘The object was changing colour and height, and the direction of movement.’
The channel monitors air incidents and added: ‘Later, the crews of Aeroflot (SU1125), S7 Airlines (S73750) and Rossiya (SU6358) flights confirmed this information after flying near Volgograd.’
The Rossiya plane crew assessed the distance of the UFO at around 125 miles.
The sightings were reported to air traffic control and civil and military authorities.
‘The competent authorities have been notified, since no flight plans were provided in the specified area at the time.
‘Permission to use the airspace was not issued.’
The S7 crew reported the timing at 19:08 Moscow time [16:08 GMT] on Thursday.
The timing of the other sightings were not precisely revealed.
The 19:08 sighting was around three hours after Putin’s arrival, and occurred as he took part in the commemorations which included his sabre-rattling speech.
It is known that laser displays linked to the 80th anniversary commemorations were taking place at 18:00, 19:00, 20:00 and 20:45.
Yet the pilots would be expected to be informed about this.
The Russian authorities have not commented on the UFO reports.
The flights reporting the strange sightings were S72046 – S7 or Siberia Airlines – from Sochi to Moscow, SU1125 – Aeroflot – also Sochi to Moscow, S73750 Istanbul to Moscow and SU6358 – Rossiya – from Mineralnye Vody to St. Petersburg.
The flight paths took the planes to the east of Volgograd, formerly called Stalingrad.
All the air routings show major detours to avoid flying close to the war zone in Ukraine before they flew past Volgograd.
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