Carrier-based aircraft from Russia’s Northern Fleet will hold exercises at the aviation training complex NITKA in the Crimea, Krym.Realii reported, with reference to the press service of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
“About ten decked Su-33s and Su-25UTGs arrived in Crimea. Also, the An-12, An-26, and An-72 naval aviation of the Northern Fleet delivered engineering and technical personnel and equipment for aircraft maintenance to the Peninsula,” the press service stated.
Many experts have noted that Russia is actively militarizing the Crimea following its annexation in March of 2014.
Recently, the US announced that it was transferring several fifth generation F-22 Raptors to Romania for exercises in the Black Sea region.