Russian military aviation in Crimea

Vladimir Trendafilovski describes the complex organisation of Russia’s armed forces deployed on the Crimean Peninsula

MILITARY RUSSIA IN CRIMEA

Su-33 71 red (c/n 49051004205) of 279 OKIAP performs a crosswind landing at Saky during the annual training session at NITKA on September 1, 2015.
All photos Willem-Sander Termorshuizen unless noted

The Crimean Peninsula has been a source of friction between the Russian Federation and Ukraine since the collapse of the Soviet Union back in 1991. Until 1954, when it became part of Ukraine, the region was part of the USSR and most of its population are ethnic Russians.

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