3 A Museum of Jets Used in Air Defense

A Museum of Jets Used in Air Defense

  Some shots from the museum of the jets that had been used in air defense. The author says that the museum had a really tough time surviving after the collapse of the USSR,
and a few times they received offers to sell the museum, but the commanders of the air force base insisted on saving the museum. Landing gear of MIG-23M
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6 A Packed Abandoned Soviet Shelter

A Packed Abandoned Soviet Shelter

"This is a unique shelter! It is packed with old Soviet defense stuff! I think so much stuff is there because the shelter is half flooded and not many will
risk going there barefoot, but I took my gumboots with me to enter" - writes the photographer, who took a trip to this place recently. More inside.
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33 A Military Drill in Ukraine

A Military Drill in Ukraine

They say an extensive military drill was held in Ukraine. The Department
of defense has published some images, and here are some of them.
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18 Ex Russian Soldier Lives Twenty Nine Years in Afghanistan

Ex Russian Soldier Lives Twenty Nine Years in Afghanistan

  Today, I've read the story about a Russian, a Soviet citizen Sergei Krasnoperov, who was a soldier in Afghanistan in 1984 and then fled to the Mujahideen - the Muslim forces opposing the Soviet army there. Sergei, forty nine years old now, has served almost two years in Afghanistan, however according to his story, during the last months of his army service his relations
with other soldiers became unbearable. "They all joined against me and I couldn't respond. I even didn't want to flee - all I wanted was justice to those soldiers who abused me, but the officers didn't care. I didn't even have a gun at the time, or I would have just killed them." So he decided to flee and he did. He went to the nearest enemy forces and
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3 Airforce Drill Near Finland

Airforce Drill Near Finland

Today, an air force drill started in Karelia, 250 km east of Finland. Reportedly, air force jets and teams have arrived from four regions of Russia. The drill is planned to be conducted during
both the day and the night. The official defense department statement says that the main region of the drill would be Ladoga lake, which is on the border with Europe and Finland.
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15 Russian Official Army Field Ration

Russian Official Army Field Ration

Here are photographs of an official army field ration. The package is shielded with aluminum foil to prevent spoilage for
longer. Total calorie count is 4287 calories, and it weighs 1.7 kilos (or around 3 pounds). What's inside? Let's see.
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14 The Taking Back Crimea Award

The Taking Back Crimea Award

A few hours ago, Russian twitter users started reporting that the Russian defence department has published an article and photos of the Russian chief of defence arriving in Crimea and awarding soldiers and local officials with a new award. The medal was called "For getting back the Crimea". These photos show the Russian chief of defence awarding something to the people in camouflage. Some camouflaged people have the insignia "BERKUT" which is the name of a Ukrainian special forces unit which became better known after the clashes in Kiev this past winter. Also a photo of the award
itself reportedly was published. That particular medal in the photo was in the name of Aksenov, the current leader of Crimea, who declared the Crimea independent. His personal numbered award had the number 136, so people supposed that at least a hundred more of the same medals were awarded. Later, people started to report that this article was removed from the official defence department website. The photos still could be opened if you knew their direct web address, however after a little more time you could not open the photos either.
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1 A New Scout Plane is Up

A New Scout Plane is Up

A new modified "flying radar" plane, the A-50U or called "Mainstay" by NATO, has been shipped to the Russian air force recently. Basically as I understand it, these planes provide radar coverage where the army has no radar. So when a part of the air force or navy is going somewhere they would probably like to have a powerful radar with them, capable
on spotting any enemy units that may be around or to use it more for targeting their attacks. Such planes began being used in the 1980s but in 2011 they released an upgraded version of the old plane which can conduct its functions digitally. More pictures inside, also the photos are clickable and are pretty widescreen.
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10 How Russian BTRs Are Being Assembled

How Russian BTRs Are Being Assembled

Here we get a chance to peek inside the factory that assembles BTRs, Russian military reconnaissance vehicles. It is a military oriented factory, so there is a special controlling unit making sure that you don't capture in your
viewfinder anything they don't want to be seen, however we did get those photos and I find them pretty interesting. The assembly of a BTR starts with a fully pre-made body. It comes from a factory nearby, already painted and
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51 Three Ukrainian Battleships Were Captured

Three Ukrainian Battleships Were Captured

Today, March 20th, 2014, three Ukrainian battleships - corvettes, were captured by military men in masks. More than 200 Ukrainian sailors reportedly were conveyed to
the shore. There are no reports of any shots being fired. Also, reportedly, later one of the ships were sunk. More photos of this operation is inside:
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