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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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

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Air Serbia flights to Russia hit record high

National flag carrier Air Serbia is enjoying a record rise in direct flights across EU airspace to Russia following the outbreak of war in Ukraine.

Is the AN-225 airborne?

The Kyiv-based colossus has appeared on flightradar24 and other flight monitoring platforms

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US slams Poland's MiG-29 transfer offer as untenable

The US has moved to quash Poland’s plan to donate to Washington its entire fleet of MiG-29 fighters following Warsaw’s surprise announcement of its intention to offer its Russian-designed aircraft in exchange for used US Air Force platforms

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The state of the Ukrainian Air Force before 2014 revolution

From the May 2014 issue of AirForces Monthly, Dr Séan Wilson/Prime Images, assisted by Vladimir Trendafilovski, reports on the status of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as it was before the revolution

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History of Ukrainian military aviation in Crimea pre-annexation

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea has been an important part of Ukraine’s defence structure since the break up of the Soviet Union. Ivan Voukadinov relates the history of Ukrainian military aviation in the region following the demise of the Warsaw Pact up until the Revolution of Dignity in February 2014

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Ukraine presses more Bayraktar TB2 UAVs into service

The Ukrainian military has received an additional unspecified number of Bayraktar TB2 armed unmanned aerial vehicles made by Turkish company Baykar Defence and has pressed them directly into service against invading units of the Russian military

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How have sanctions affected Russia’s airlines?

Western nations have hit Russia with swathes of sanctions in condemning the country's invasion of Ukraine, but how do these new penalties affect its airlines? Martin Needham reports