New video shows 12 Russian Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters in Crimea

Here is today’s Russian remake of Apocalypse Now.

Shot from another point of observation, footage of Russian Mil Mi-24 Hind gunships accompanied by some Mi-8 Hip helicopters allegedly invading Ukraine’s airspace in Crimea has emerged.

H/T to Erik Jonker for the heads-up


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  1. Tell Vlad…..after my election I have more flexibility. President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir Cuba next?

  2. Probably pre-positioning special forces. Mi-8s carrying troops, the Hinds to clear out the LZ if they have to. My money is on ballistic missile strikes on Ukr airfields, followed by air strikes. Anyone know the state, and skill level of Ukr’s air defence system? Unless they are very skilled I give the Ukr Air Force about a day of operations.

  3. So does anybody NOT think it’s an INVASION? Go ahead back it up. Sudetenland Putin style. Maybe Putins just dropping off his shirtless pix to everyone?!?

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