At the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there was serious trepidation about how terrifying it could be.

Now, don’t get me wrong:  There have been plenty of horrors to behold (enough for Putin to be facing an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court), but this wasn’t the weeks-long blitzkrieg that most of the world thought would occur.

In fact, the whole thing has been somewhat disappointing for the Kremlin, who’ve been forced to both escalate their rhetoric to the point of threatening nuclear annihilation and, ironically, mobilize tanks built in the 1940s after they discovered just how proficient Ukraine’s military was at blowing up their more excellent units.

After the Russians were caught harassing US drones and bombers in recent days, the western world decided that it was high time to send Putin a message.

US nuclear B-52 bombers were flanked by NATO fighters in V-formation during a massive show of strength to Vladimir Putin.

The warning to the tyrant comes after his jets intercepted a pair of the bombers over the Baltic earlier this week – the first encounter between the sides since Russia brought down a US drone.

It was a heck of a lot of hardware.

Fighter jets from ItalySpain and Romania can be seen in a V-formation in the video, which appears to have been taken from one of the B-52s and released by NATO today.

“Get a cockpit view of the US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers working with NATO Allies during a recent mission over Europe,” said the alliance.

“The B-52s are training with Allied Air Forces during their BTF (Bomber Task Force) mission strengthening our Euro-Atlantic partnership.”

On display are Italian Typhoons, Spanish F-18s and Romanian F-16s.

The video was impressive, to say the least.

Fears of a third world war have swelled in recent months as Putin’s belligerence becomes nearly unbearable for the rest of the civilized world.

Cross-posted with Liberty Hub