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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Ukraine Crisis: Antonov An-225 reported safe

Antonov Design Bureau's chief pilot has confirmed via Facebook that the world's largest cargo aircraft has not been destroyed

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Ukraine Crisis: Airports Overview

With the ongoing events, Key.Aero provides an overview of some of the most important commercial airports – along with any joint military assets stationed there – from across the country, which has a population of roughly 44 million residents.

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Ukraine Crisis: Airlines respond to flight ban

Uncertainty surrounds hundreds of passenger flights after Ukraine and Moldova closed their airspace to civilian aircraft following the Russian military invasion in the early hours of today (February 24).

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Ukraine crisis: Where and how has airspace been closed?

After weeks of increasing tension in the region, Ukraine’s civilian airspace was officially closed this morning (February 24). Military action by Russian forces against targets across the eastern European nation sparked the move by regulators in Kyiv, who said there was a “high risk” to safety

US to send F-35s, AH-64s and troops to bolster NATO’s eastern flank

The US announced on February 22 that it will further bolster the defence of NATO’s eastern flank with additional European-based troops, F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighters and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

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Putin shows his hand as Russian forces move into Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin stunned the world on February 21, 2022, when he signed an agreement that formally recognises two proxy states in eastern Ukraine as independent regions - much to the dismay of the global political community. We detail what this move means for the ongoing crisis and where Russia's air assets are currently deployed in the region

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Bear necessities: Profile of Russia’s Tu-95 bomber

A massive, unimaginably noisy and definitely antiquated-looking turboprop bomber, the Tu-95MS Bear-H still retains its significance in Russia’s nuclear triad

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Overview of NATO's response to the rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia

Since Tensions have been rising since November last year, NATO members have been placing assets in various locations to augment a defensive response to a potential invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Key. Aero has put together all the known movements by the alliance in to one place

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Ukraine air assets outmatched against Russia

The weaknesses of Ukraine’s air defence capabilities would leave any attempt to launch an aerial counterattack to a Russian invasion of its territory as vulnerable given Moscow’s qualitative and quantitative advantages

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ANALYSIS: The Russian air assets that would prove vital in a conflict with Ukraine

Ukraine would face a massive task confronting the well-trained and technologically advanced assets of the Russian Aerospace Forces, as we explain