Russia is bolstering the ongoing army drill in the Western Military district which began after a surprise order by President Vladimir Putin with 80 more combat helicopters amid rising tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea region.
Mil Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters are being redeployed from their bases to the emergency airfields, flying up to 310 miles.
The aircraft are moving in squadrons in combat formations. The pilots are given instructions and the list of assignments just a few minutes before the actual takeoff.
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