Aerorozvidka: The drones that allowed the recapture of Hostomel and the stopping of the 60 km column in Ukraine
A small Ukrainian unit seems to have distinguished itself during the recapture of Hostomel airport on 25 February and during the stopping of the "60 km column" northwest of Kiev. This unit has quads, snipers, personnel trained in the use of night vision binoculars and, above all, very light drones modified for reconnaissance and bombing.
With the Ukrainians retaking the Hostomel area, Dmytro Antonov, the pilot of the An-225, visited the parent base of Antonov Airlines on April 2. He filmed his visit to the airport. The offices had been completely ransacked, as had the pilots' ancillary equipment. He then turned to the aircraft at the airport. The An-225 was destroyed, as were several smaller aircraft. The other aircraft were damaged, requiring minor to major repairs.
The two Turkish A400M are still blocked in Ukraine
Shortly before the start of the war in Ukraine, Turkey sent two A400Ms to Kiev. According to the Ministry of Defense, they were on a humanitarian mission. The two planes landed in Ukraine, but the closure of the airspace means that today Turkey can no longer use these two aircraft which are de facto immobilized.
Poland ready to offer its MiG-29s to the US, Pentagon takes a step backwards!
Poland finally decided to give its MiG-29s to the Americans, but the latter suddenly pulled the plug on this solution for fear of seeing the Ukrainian crisis spill over into NATO member countries.
Can Ukrainian MiG-29s operate from Poland?
For several days, some media have been announcing that the Ukrainian Air Force is about to receive second-hand aircraft from Poland and that it will be able to use them from air bases in that country. This is a completely unfounded rumor and is denied in this article.
Analysis of the condition of the Antonov An-225 Mriya after its fire in its hangar in Ukraine
While waiting for a precise analysis from the Antonov airline, here is an analysis of a video recently shot on the Antonov airport. It shows that the front part is almost totally lost but the central part, the wings and the rear part seem intact or even slightly damaged.
[Update] Antonov An-225 Mriya seriously damaged in its hangar in Ukraine
The publication of a recent satellite photo of the Antonov airfield confirms the presence of Mriya in its hangar but questions the total destruction of the An-225. A video published around 1 pm today shows that the front of the aircraft is totally destroyed.
Antonov An-225 Mriya on fire in its hangar in Ukraine (official confirmation)
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister confirmed in a tweet that the An-225 was destroyed. By late morning, video from a drone over Antonov airport already showed the aircraft on fire in its hangar, leaving little doubt as to the condition of the aircraft.
Ukraine: The news feed to know everything about the conflict
This article was last updated on 24 February 2022 at 14:20. The article will continue to evolve as events unfold.
Ukraine: Russia to get its hands on the Antonov An-124 fleet
By means of a helicopter action with commandos, Russia is seeking to take control of the Ukrainian base where the Antonov An-124 strategic transport aircraft on which France was counting to move Barkhane from Mali are based.
France and the war in Ukraine
Two weeks ago, our subscribers discovered a dossier in Air & Cosmos questioning France's possible contribution to operations in Ukraine. An open war has now begun in Ukraine. Emmanuel Macron was this morning in a defence council that follows yesterday's.
Ukraine and Moldova close their airspace
After the closure of the Ukrainian skies early Thursday morning following the invasion of Russian forces, Moldova, which has only one international airport in Chisinau, decided to do the same.
Updated map of the crisis in Ukraine
This map presents a collection of open-source data available in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, mainly on social media. It is an incomplete overview of the situation and is constantly evolving according to the data collected.