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    First image of Su-27 Flanker fighter jet “armed to the teeth” to perform Combat Air Patrol following the Russian invasion of Crimea. An interesting image, showing a fully armed Ukrainian Air Force Su-27 has been published on Russianplanes.net. Taken, on Mar. 1 by Andrey Rakul, at an undisclosed location (possibly, Mirgorod Air Base, the airbase […]

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    Russian troops fire shots over the heads of Ukrainian air force personnel near occupied airport Belbek Crimea. This video shows the tense moment Russian troops met Ukrainian Air Force soldiers near the occupied airfield of Belbek, in Crimea. “Are you going to shoot us?”… We carry the soviet flag…You would shoot the soviet flag” can […]

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    Ukrainian Air Force once again active in the eastern Russian-speaking part of the country. With Mig-29 Fulcrum aircraft still wearing the national display team color scheme. A weird show of force was performed by the Ukrainian Air Force over Kramatorsk on Apr. 16: a fully armed Mig-29 Fulcrum overflew pro-Russia separatist blocking rails at very […]

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    A Russian combat helicopter performs an impressive, quite dangerous, low pass. Few days ago, we published an article about the fully armed Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 performing an impressive and unusual show of force in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russia separatists blocked the rails. The Kamov Ka-52 Alligator is an all-weather attack helicopter featuring the distinctive […]

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    16 Ukraine soldiers were killed in deadly checkpoint attack. Ukrainian Air Force helicopters strafed their own troops? Most probably, no. A Ukrainian checkpoint at Blagodatnoe village, near the town of Volnovakha, was assaulted on May 22. 16 soldiers were killed and about 30 wounded. According to RT, the attackers arrived in transit vans, with combat […]

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    Ukrainian Air Force’s Gunships and Attack planes have been extensively involved in the offensive in Donetsk. On May 26, Ukrainian Armed Forces launched a military operation to regain control over the international airport in the eastern city of Donetsk. The operation saw the involvement of Mi-24 gunship helicopters and Mig-29 Fulcrum and Su-25 Frogfoot jets. […]

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    MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) are a serious threat in Ukraine and elsewhere. Reportedly filmed near Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, the following footage shows an Ukrainian Ilyushin Il-76 releasing plenty of flares during the initial climb after take off from the local airfield. Flares are infrared countermeasures made of a composition based on hot-burning […]

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    A Ukrainian AN-30 reconaissance plane was shot down by MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) in east Ukraine. On Jun. 6, a Ukrainian Air Force AN-30 (or AN-26), believed to carry out surveillance missions was hit and downed by MANPADS over Slavyansk. The aircraft reportedly crashed near Svyatogorsk north of Slavyansk. Footage and photos showing the […]

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    Pro-Russia separatists have shot down another aircraft using MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems). An Il-76 carrying 49 soldiers. All dead. The following video reportedly shows the downing of a Ukrainian Air Force Il-76 military transport plane, carrying 40 paratroopers and 9 crew members, near Luhansk airport, on Jun. 13. The aircraft was landing at […]

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    Here’s what survived of the Ukrainian An-30B shot down by MANPADS over Slavyansk. A short video let’s you have a look at the crash site of the Ukrainian Air Force An-30B, believed to carry out surveillance missions, downed by MANPADS over Slavyansk on Jun. 6. Just few burnt debris can be identified, including a landing wheel […]

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    In spite of the amount of aircraft shot down by the rebels, civil airliners flew through the SAM-infested airspace of Eastern Ukraine with the risk of being mistakenly hit. As happened to the Malaysian Boeing 777. It’s not a secret separatists own several anti-aircraft systems that they manage to use quite effectively. This week alone, […]

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    According to an authoritative source, two Su-27 Flankers escorted the Malaysian Boeing 777 minutes before it was hit by one or more missiles. There are still too many unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine on Jul. 17, 2014. Among them, one of the most important deals with the possible […]

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    Based on the graphic shown by the Russian Ministry of Defense, it was a U.S. EF-111 Raven to fly close to the MH17 just before it was shot down. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, a Ukrainian Air Force Su-25 was detected by one of Russia’s radars in the area climbing towards the MH17 on […]

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    An interesting reconnaissance drone was captured, almost intact, by the pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine. Along with the Su-25, Su-27 and Mil Mi-24, the Ukrainian Air Force is operating its fleet of recently restored Soviet-era reconnaissance drones. Among them, at least until Aug. 1, even one Tu-143 Reys, a type of drone developed from Tu-141, that […]

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    Ukrainian Air Force combat planes stored in the peninsula were redeployed to airbases in mainland Ukraine when Crimea was invaded. Including a Mig-29 that is now back to flight status. When Russian forces invaded Crimea Ukrainian Air Force aircraft deployed near Sevastopol were dismantled, loaded on trucks and relocated to the mainland Ukraine. But 7 […]

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    Luhansk fighters have shot down another Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum On Sunday Aug. 17, pro-Russia separatists have shot down another Ukrainian Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum in East Ukraine. The aircraft has been identified as “White 53″. This is the second Ukrainian Mig-29 assigned 40th Tactical Aviation Bde, Vasylkiv AFB, shot down in the last […]

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    Su-24 low passSu-24 Fencer buzzes some heads at an unknown airbase The following video shows a Su-24 attack plane (serving with the Russian and Ukrainian air forces and a few other operators) performing a really low pass on some observers grouped on the apron of an unknown airbase. Although it was posted on Liveleak under the Channel […]

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    Tu-143 firedAn interesting video shows the Ukrainian forces launching Soviet-era Tu-143 reconnaissance drones. Some months ago we published some pictures showing an almost intact Tu-143 Reys drone, recovered, almost intact, in a field by the pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine. Here is an extremely interesting video showing the Ukrainian military extract the Tu-143 from the launching truck, […]

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    MiG-29-2008-VasylkivIt’s hard to say how many aircraft the Ukrainian Air Force has lost. Some reports, especially those on the pro-separatists side seem to be a bit exaggerated but, as Ainonline website reported, on the basis of Ukrainian and British sources, the Ukrainian Air Force has lost 22 aircraft throughout the crisis. Ukrainian military aviation had […]

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    Mig29 pixeledUkrainian Air Force Mig-29s are being painted with a trendy digital camouflage In the last few months, aircraft enthusiasts spotting military jets operating at the Lviv State Aircraft Repair Plant have taken photographs of at least three Mig-29 Fulcrum fighters (two single seaters and a two seater Mig-29UB) sporting a trendy “pixelated” camouflage. The three […]

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