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On the battlefield with Russia, Afghanistan’s loss is Ukraine’s gain | Stars and Stripes

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The Ukrainian military may purchase Mi-17 assault helicopters in reaction to Russian intrusions.

The US supplies Ukraine with 11 Mi-17 helicopters in an $800 million security deal. They were outside Afghanistan for US-contracted repair when the Taliban seized the nation. According to analysts, Ukraine may employ them to conduct special operations raids, evacuate civilians, or strike Russian sites. Ukraine’s president personally requested the helicopters from President Joe Biden during a phone chat last week. According to a spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry, the Pentagon’s helicopter transfers should serve as a warning to Ukraine.

When Russia’s attack started, the five Mi-17s were in Ukraine for repair. The remaining eleven has kept at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. The rush of armaments into Ukraine has infuriated Moscow, which has ordered the US to stop equipping the nation. According to a former Army official, Ukraine’s military has more expertise with Russian helicopters than with Chinook or Black Hawk helicopters from the United States.

Other European nations have agreed to furnish critical Soviet-era weaponry due to their familiarity with Russian-made technology. “For the first time in a long time, we’re transferring assets to a government and military capable of employing them,” Jason Dempsey says.

Source: https://www.stripes.com/theaters/europe/2022-04-20/on-the-battlefield-with-russia-afghanistans-loss-is-ukraines-gain-5751296.html

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