Why Russia's airlift and helicopter fleets are struggling

When Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, any vestige of political co-operation between the country and Ukraine ended abruptly, and so did their trade in defence materiel. Ukraine was a major supplier of the engines and other systems employed in many Russian military fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft – but between 2014 and 2017 the breakdown of relations began to cause severe serviceability issues. 

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