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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How has NATO responded to war in Ukraine?

Since war broke out in Ukraine, NATO member nations have further mobilised airborne assets to augment a response to Russia’s invasion. Dino Carrara and Josef Campion examine the key movements of ISR, combat and tanker aircraft in the region

Airline CEO in Ukraine describes “absolutely critical” situation

As commercial air routes out of Ukraine remain suspended indefinitely, governments and airline partners around the world are working to repatriate citizens stranded in and around the war-torn nation

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War over Ukraine: the first week

As nearly a week has passed since Russia's invasion of neighbouring Ukraine, Khalem Chapman examines the key developments since the war began

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Why has Russia failed to gain air superiority over Ukraine?

With one of the largest air forces in the world, many are questioning why Russia has not yet achieved control of the skies above Ukraine. Alan Warnes details the situation as we know it

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Polish airport near Ukraine border could be key defence support hub

Poland’s Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport, located in the southeast of the country just 50 miles from the Ukraine border, could be playing a significant part of the NATO response to the ongoing Russian invasion, with multiple Allied transport aircraft arriving over the past 24 hours

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Finnair implements “emergency continency plan” as crisis deepens

Finnair has warned that airspace changes caused by the crisis in Ukraine could have a “significant” impact on its business. The Helsinki-based carrier is the among the most exposed to the dramatic deterioration in relations with Moscow

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Ukraine crisis: Antonov An-225 reportedly destroyed

Following days of conflict in Ukraine, one of the largest aircraft ever built, the Antonov An-225 Mriya has been destroyed by Russian forces, according to Ukrainian officals

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Ukraine ‘appreciates’ Turkish defence support, calls out earlier German reluctance

A senior Ukrainian official has praised the contribution that Turkey has in providing support to the country’s armed forces, before calling out Germany's earlier reluctance

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BREAKING: Headaches for British Airways as Russia bans UK aircraft from its airspace

There are new headaches for British Airways this morning as Moscow has banned UK aircraft from its airspace. Key Aero examines the importance of Russian skies to UK operators and investigates the alternatives

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Ukraine crisis: airliner storage

With the threat of invasion looming, Ukraine's airlines began flying their aircraft into storage and out of harm's way... but where are they?