In a massive war games exercise that has concerned the United States, Russia’s military ministry reported that it sunk an aircraft carrier barely 35 miles off the coast of Hawaii. The move is allegedly related to recent Biden-Putin summit.

At least 20 Russian warships, submarines, and support boats are taking part in the exercises, which are the largest since the Cold War and are flanked by 20 fighter fighters.

Although Russia claims to be 300 miles off the coast of Hawaii, unconfirmed satellite photographs from June 19 show them to be far closer—within 35 miles of the U.S. state.

Russia claims to be around 2,500 miles southeast of the Kuril Islands with its soldiers.

Russia's defense ministry on Monday broadcast a video showing the latest scenes from the Pacific, where they are carrying out the largest exercises since the end of the Cold War
Russia’s defense ministry released a video on Monday (21/6) depicting the latest scenes from the Pacific, where the country is conducting the largest drills since the Cold War. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Screenshot via TheBL/Youtube)
Moscow's war games have alarmed the Pentagon, and on Monday Russia showed what they had been doing in the region (above), explaining that it was a practise session to sink an aircraft carrier
The Pentagon has been disturbed by Moscow’s war games, and on Monday, Russia demonstrated what they had been up to in the region (above), explaining that it was a practice session for sinking an aircraft carrier. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Screenshot via TheBL/Youtube)

According to The Drive, the location corresponds to allegations from U.S. media outlets that Russian warships were conducting exercises between 300 and 500 miles west of the main Hawaiian islands.

Unconfirmed satellite imagery suggested the Russians were far closer to Hawaii than believed
Unconfirmed satellite imagery revealed the Russians were far closer to Hawaii than previously thought. (OSINT-1/Screenshot via TheBL/Twitter)
The satellite picture, from June 19, showed the U.S. ships - numbers 6 and 7 - escorting the Russians (1-5)
The US ships – numbers 6 and 7 – were seen escorting the Russians in a satellite image taken on June 19. (1-5) (OSINT-1/Screenshot via TheBL/Twitter)

Their actions have highly alarmed the Pentagon. 

What happened exactly?

The exercises were captured on film and released by Russia’s defense ministry on Monday.

The Russians organized two separate detachments of ships that operated at a distance of around 300 miles.

One group pretended to be the adversary.

An unnamed Russian Navy submarine and a pair of Tu-142MZ Bear-F Mod. 4 long-range anti-submarine aircraft from the Pacific Fleet’s naval aviation branch, operating from Yelizovo Air Base on the Kamchatka peninsula, were also involved in the maneuvers, according to The Drive. They were escorted by MiG-31BM Foxhound interceptors.

The Russian video showed their naval personnel carrying out mock attacks
The Russian video depicted its naval men simulating strikes. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Screenshot via TheBL/Youtube)
The footage showed the Russian planes taking off from somewhere with snow-capped mountains in the background. The Drive reported that this was Yelizovo Air Base on the Kamchatka peninsula, in the far east of Russia
The film shows the Russian planes taking off against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. According to The Drive, this was Yelizovo Air Base on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far east. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Screenshot via TheBL/Youtube)
The new video showed the planes refueling mid-air, en route to the Pacific
The jets were seen refueling mid-flight their route to the Pacific in the latest video. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Screenshot via TheBL/Youtube)

In the video the jets were seen taking off from a snow-covered location and then refueling mid-flight.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the two detachments “worked out the tasks of detecting, countering and delivering missile strikes against an aircraft carrier strike group of a mock enemy.”

The task force also tested their readiness for anti-aircraft and anti-submarine missions in addition to anti-shipping strikes, Russian Ministry of Defense added.

A Russian military plane takes off to participate in the naval war games in the Pacific this week
This week, a Russian military plane takes off to take part in naval war games in the Pacific. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Screenshot via TheBL/Twitter)

The Pentagon have said they are watching closely. 

“U.S. Indo-Pacific Command is monitoring the Russian vessels operating in international waters in the Western Pacific,” Captain Mike Kafka, a spokesman for the US Indo-Pacific Command, told CBS News in a statement.

“We operate in accordance with international law of the sea and in the air to ensure that all nations can do the same without fear or contest and in order to secure a free and open Indo-Pacific. 

“As Russia operates within the region, it is expected to do so in accordance with international law,” he added. 

A Russian helicopter is seen participated in the massive war games exercise in the Pacific
A Russian chopper is seen taking part in a large-scale war game in the Pacific. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Screenshot via TheBL/Twitter)

Earlier activities

Twice this month—on June 14 and 18—the U.S. scrambled F-22s from Hawaii in reaction to Russian bomber flights. 

The bombers did not enter the United States’ Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) perimeter either time, therefore they were not intercepted.

On June 17, the USS Carl Vinson and her strike group were operating near Hawaii, but the Navy did not say when or why they arrived.

On June 18, the ship’s spokesman tweeted a photo with the caption:

“Vinson transits with USS Dewey in the Hawaiian Islands Operating Area. Vinson is participating in integrated ops with the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, training to a variety of missions, from long range strikes to anti-submarine warfare.”

The Russian war games came as Biden met with Putin for the first time as US president
The Russian war games coincided with Biden’s first meeting with Putin as U.S. president. (Ministry of Defense of Russia/Screenshot via TheBL/Twitter)

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Defense released footage from a huge Russian exercise that showed Russian sailors tracking and ‘driving out’ a simulated enemy submarine.

‘During the exercise, the crews of the Pacific Fleet’s warships fired from the automatic naval gun mount AK-630 and the universal naval artillery A-190,’ a Moscow defense ministry statement said.  

According to Sputnik, the huge anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleev, equipped with guided-missile guns, the frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov, and three corvettes searched for and tracked the pretend enemy’s submarines.

Former chief of the General Staff of the Russian Navy, Admiral Viktor Kravchenko, said: “In the post-Soviet period, there have been no comparable exercises involving such a large number of forces.”

Due to the broad region of the Pacific Ocean where the drills are taking place, Rear Admiral Konstantin Kabantsov described them as “unique,” adding that “such exercises have not been conducted… in the recent history of the Russian fleet.”

Earlier Moscow claimed that it had stopped a U.S. reconnaissance jet off its Pacific coast, stopping it from crossing the Russian state border.

According to sources, video from the cockpit of a Su-35 fighter jet revealed the American RC-135 surveillance plane.

The drills came barely a week after Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin had an unpleasant encounter in Geneva, during which Putin was questioned about Biden’s assertion that Putin is a serial killer.

He claimed that Biden is a professional politician while praising his predecessor, the former president Donald Trump.