Ukraine and Russia have been locked in a tense border stand-off for weeks, with the latest satellite images suggesting continued military deployment of troops along the border by Moscow.
Ukraine is pinning its hopes on the United States and NATO. However, in the early days of independence 30 years ago, Ukraine inherited the second largest property from the former Soviet Union after Russia. Ukraine’s third-largest strategic air force in the world, with nearly 100 strategic bombers, was destroyed early.
Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, that had inherited operational strategic forces and nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union’s nuclear arsenal? That arsenal had approximately 27,000 strategic and tactical nuclear weapons, eight modern strategic rocket armies with 1,398 intercontinental ballistic missiles, 162 long-range strategic bombers, and 940 modern submarines, equipped with 2,804 submarine launched ballistic missiles.
Aviation fans are sure to feast their eyes on the Ukraine National Aviation Museum in Kiev, with nearly 70 Russian-made fighter jets laid out.
What is particularly eye-catching is that there are many Soviet-made strategic bombers in the collection. Take the Tu-22M “Backfire” supersonic bomber with swept-wing wings. From the 10 M0 early models put into production in 1969, to The first mass-produced M2 type, which was put into production in 1974, and then to the M3 type that was put into production in the late 1980s (with a Kuznetsov NK-25 turbofan engine and a new wedge-shaped air intake), the “backfire” in this museum’s collection makes the MiG-29 and Su-24 in the museum much inferior.