Ukraine Russia Conflict

The ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine involves the build-up and deployment of NATO air forces - including the US Air Force - across Eastern Europe. The combined experts of AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft Journal and Key.Aero offer analysis on NATO and Ukrainian aircraft movements; Russian and Ukrainian air defences and ongoing operations in the region.

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First Russian Su-35S Flanker shot down in Ukraine

Images and videos have been circulating online of the wreckage of a Russian Su-35S that has reportedly been shot down by Ukraine defence forces on April 3

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The life and legacy of the Antonov An-225: What next?

Airliner World reflects on the long career of An-225 Mriya and ponders what happens next for Kyiv’s cargo-hauling colossus.

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Russian drone company in new UK sanctions list

Russian drone company Kronstadt has been included in the list of new UK sanctions targeting key industries and persons it says are supporting the regime and its war effort in Ukraine

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One month on: Ukraine war’s civil aviation fallout

Precisely one month ago, a senseless and utterly barbaric war was started by Vladimir Putin. While paling into insignificance when compared to the humanitarian horror unfolding across Eastern Europe, the actions of the Kremlin have also had a monumental impact on global commercial aviation

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Russia “frustrated” at lack of war progress

Frustrated at the way its invasion of Ukraine has gone in the month since it began, Russia looks to have changed tactics to concentrate on its extensive stand-off missile capabilities

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Would Russia have invaded if Ukraine had kept its nuclear bombers?

As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth week, Dino Cararra looks back at the eastern European state's former nuclear bomber fleet and considers whether Russia would have invaded if the country had retained its once-formidable deterrent

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Finnair is issuing diplomas for flying over the North Pole!

Finnair passengers onboard re-routed flights from Helsinki to Japan and South Korea are to receive a very special souvenir to mark the occasion - Key Aero has the story

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Bleak future for 400 leased airliners “potentially lost” to Russia

International lessors could stand to lose more than 400 commercial aircraft to Russia after sanctions over its invasion of Ukraine have made recovering their assets near impossible.

Ukraine claims air successes as war enters fourth week

As the war in Ukraine enters its fourth week following Russia’s invasion on February 24, Ukrainian forces are still claiming to have caused significant casualties in the past 96 hours

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Why has Russia failed to project airpower over Ukraine?

Russia was expecting to dominate the skies over Ukraine early into the conflict. However, while the air arm boasts significant advantages when compared with its Ukrainian counterpart, it has seemingly failed to project airpower effectively in the opening weeks of its invasion, as former fighter pilot turned aviation researcher, Sqn Ldr (Ret’d) Fahad Masood (MRAeS) at MCBS, Oman, explains