Awesome Russian firepower on display as Putin taunts West over Crimea
VLADIMIR Putin has brazenly taunted the West over his illegal annexation of Crimea with an impressive air display over the former-Ukrainian peninsula.
Stunts performed by the Russian air force’s aerobatic team involved fighter jets performing high-G force turns in unison.
Military helicopters were also put to the test with low-level flights, mock landings and flare displays.
Mikoyan MiG29 27 fighter jets and the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator were among the aircraft taking part.
The Aviadarts 2016 contest was first held in Russia in 2013 but the Russian Defence Ministry decided to host it in Crimea for the first time ever this year, despite uproar among Western governments over Moscow’s land grab in 2014.
Aerospace Forces Commander Viktor Bondarev said the decision to hold the event in Crimea was “not coincidental”.
He said: “This is a tribute paid to Crimea and its citizens, because this is the place, where Russian aviation has originated.”
The EU has led the way in punishing Russia for its invasion of Crimea, having first introduced sanctions after Moscow annexed the peninsula from Kiev in March 2014.
Relations between Moscow and the West were further soured last week when Russia’s defence ministry announced plans for more than 2,000 military drills over the course of the summer.
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