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. “Russian remake of apocalypse now”.

    Hum David, so you think writing that kind of title will bring you more readers ?

    • At first he said that he was scared, and then he was excited and shouted something like “that’s fucking cool!”

  2. Oof. I really hope there’s a lot of talk going on amongst heads of nations right now. Fascinating machines, but I’d rather not see a new war…

  3. If those had been American choppers, we wouldn’t have a video to watch. Those guys shooting it would have been identified as terrorists and blow away off the roof they were filming from. Because freedom.

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