New video: Russian gunships cross the Strait of Kerch at low level during first phase of Crimea invasion

Russian Mil Mi-24 Hind gunships entered the Ukrainian airspace flying at ultra-low level over the sea.

A new video taken on Feb. 28, during the opening phase of the Russian invasion of Crimea, shows Putin’s chopper armada crossing the Strait of Kerch at very low level, almost undetectable by Ukrainian Air Defense.

The Mi-24 and accompanying Mi-8/17 Hip helicopters were pivotal to the small scale “blitzkrieg” that enabled the Russian forces to occupy Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and control some of its key installations, including Belbek airport.


H/T to Giuliano Ranieri for sending the link.

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