Russia Will Hold Massive Air Drill Along Ukraine Border On Ukraine Presidential Election Day

Tyler Durden's picture

Just in case the message was unclear when Russia held its "massive nuclear attack" drill last week, Putin - unlike Obama who has had a problem with clarifying over the past three months just what "costs" means - intends to hammer the point ten days from today when Ukraine is set to hold its presidential elections, when the Russian military has scheduled to hold yet another military drill, "Aviadarts 2014", this time involving fighter jets (including as Su-27, Su-24, Su -25, Su-34 and MiG-29 jets and Mi-8 , Mi-24 , Mi-28, Ka-52 helicopters) and will see the participation of 71 crews of military aircraft and helicopters rehearsing the "countering of enemy air defenses, destruction of ground targets and carpet bombing enemy territory." Somehow we think Ukraine (and NATO) will get this particular message loud and clear.

More from Russian paper RBC Daily, google translated:

After last year's success the Ministry has decided to introduce new types of military exercises in sports-adversarial format. On such demonstration competitions military not just work out procedures during the " battle" , but also demonstrate commanders , journalists, and the audience that they can do it better than others. The first and second phases of the exercise "Aviadarts - 2014" took place in the beginning of the year. According to RBC's central apparatus of the Defense Ministry officer , the third stage of the exercise " Aviadarts 2014 " in Voronezh site " Pogonovo " will be held from 21 to 26 May. 71 fighter jet crews will participate, more than the number of planes and helicopters took part in the May 9 parade in Sevastopol. Based aircraft at the time of the competition will be in Ryazan, Lipetsk and Voronezh region.


The press service of the Air Force (Air Force) Russia, RBC said that the drill will involve operational- tactical aircraft (Su- 27, Su- 24, Su - 25, Su -34 and MiG- 29), Army ( Mi -8 , Mi-24 , Mi- 28, Ka -52) , the distal ( Tu-22M3 ) and military transport aircraft ( IL-76 ) . From the Western Military District ( WEST ) Challenge flight training will be attended by bomber crews Su and MiG fighters from air bases located in eight regions , said the press service of the WEST .


During the exercises, formation flying pilots will work as part of couples and units piloting technique , problems of air navigation, combat use of the missile , bomb and gun arms against ground targets, as well as overcoming the simulated enemy air defense systems, said a source in the Defense Ministry .


Will be prepared for the competition The target unique situation , said RBC chief of the press service WEST Oleg Kochetkov first ground targets will be presented not only a wooden model , but a real aircraft and automotive armor . Military even transported by air to the transport helicopter Mi-26T two handicaps MiG- 25RB ( cargo weight - 15 tons ) .


"The active phase of the exercise, when the pilots will perform tasks directly in the air, including the use of military weapons , 24-25 May," - said RBC group chief information security Air Force Colonel Igor Klimov. 21st , he said, will be opening on May 22-23 - the theoretical exams and delivery standards for physical training, and the 26th - closing with the award winners .

The punchline:

Deputy director of the Institute of Political and Military Analysis, Alexander Hramchihin did not rule out that the choice of date of the air drill was not random , but deliberately. " It is possible that the Ministry of Defense were guided with the current military and political situation in Ukraine ," - said the expert. " May 9 we have demonstrated excellent West capabilities of our aircraft, which flew to the Crimea and back , apparently, decided to build on the success ", adds the director of the Center for Military Forecasting Anatoly Tsiganok.


In June and July will be held the final , fourth stage " Aviadartsa " said RBC's group chief information security Air Force , Colonel Igor Klimov . It will take part foreign crews have already confirmed their participation , Belarus and Kazakhstan . Also was invited to the French side , but so far no response . In addition, in the final stage for the first time will participate aviadartsa and helicopter crews of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Federal Security Service of Russia.

As for the yet unplanned fifth stage of the Avia-Darts, it may involve the landing of Mig-29s on the airport in Kiev.

And just in case Russian military engagements were not enough, RIA also reported that a Russian Pacific Fleet squadron, led by the guided-missile cruiser Varyag, sailed from Vladivostok on Wednesday to participate in the Russia-China exercises Naval Interaction-2014, a military spokesman told RIA Novosti.


The squadron, which also includes the large anti-submarine ship Admiral Panteleyev, the large amphibious ship Admiral Nevelskoy, the destroyer Bystry, the tanker Ilim and the sea-going tugboat Kalar, is heading to Shanghai, said Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov.


“Upon arrival, sailors will take part in the joint Russia-China exercises in the South China Sea,” he said.


Six Chinese ships and vessels will be involved in the drills, according to Martov.


The drills come as Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to arrive in Shanghai on an official visit May 20 to cement economic ties with China, including on energy, the Kremlin said.


This will be the two countries' third such joint training exercise this year, aimed at strengthening the cooperation of their fleets and the ability to withstand various threats in open water.


Last year, the drills of the kind took place in July in the Sea of Japan and involved about 20 ships and vessels from both sides.

And now, once Kevin Henry returns from his Starbucks coffee break, it will be time to BTFD and/or BTFATH - after all the Fed is firmly in control of surreality, even if its excel models tend to #ref! out now and then.

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Dorelei's picture

I’m anxiously waiting for Michel Platini to come live on TV to ask Putin and Obama if they can postpone the rodeo after the World Cup so we  can  get drunk,watch amazing Copacabana bikini shots and enjoy some fine goals for a little bit longer !!

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Russia has crossed the line, and now it's time for retaliation. Forward thinkers around the world need to stand together and Boycott RussiaDo not buy Russian exports of any kind. If your power is sourced from Russian oil or gas - go green and get yourself a personal wind turbine or solar panel. This is the perfect opportunity to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Our addiction to non-renewable energies is not only destroying the planet; it's also playing into the hands of rogue states like Russia.

Latina Lover's picture

Your right MDB, I like the idea of not buying russian energy. But for those Europeans who still eat and don't live under bridges, this may be a bit challenging, as in impossible.

Bay of Pigs's picture

You know he isn't serious about boycotting anything. 100% ZH <sarc>. Comedy gold.

A double Stoli on the rocks for MDB. I'll buy.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Standing up to Russia is cool. Trendy and politically aware people around the world are starting to express their anger at Russia’s shocking behavior. If you believe in modern democracy and liberal values, then join together and start protesting in the streets now. This is not something that concerns policy makers alone, this is critical to everyone who believes in democracy and wants to see a progressive and forward thinking word. If you don’t want to end up on the wrong side of history, then please stand up and speak out now.

dogbreath's picture

I'm not trendy,  trendy = gay.   Cool people are  their own trend.

Headbanger's picture

MDB:  Hurry and go stand up against those Russian planes as they're taking off!

Thanks! (you fucking retarded hipstrer)

And I bet you wear those white framed sunglasses like a fag too.

Old Man River's picture

Dadgummit, man. Thanks for the coffee back out both nostrils!

MarsInScorpio's picture

Just sent to Micheal Gordon, of the NY Times, about his story on France selling ships to Russia:


Your words: "Russian meddling in Ukraine"


So are you working as a propagandist for the CIA these days? What a blatant lie.


You want to discuss meddling? Let's try making your statement an honest one:


"The US is having trouble convincing its European partners to cut off trade with Russia following the revelation from a recorded phone call by Victoria Nuland that the US State Department illegally spent $5-billion fermenting the coup that overthrew the legitimately elected government of Ukraine.


"Russia, seeing that US neo-cons are willing to go so far as to impose unelected governments on its borders taking their orders from Brussels and Washington, has responded by supporting separatist movements in Ukraine who reasonable fear the ethnic cleansing that the neo-Nazis, led by oligarch Yulia Timoshenko, and Ukrainian Nationalists, have publically called for; in the case of Ms. Timoshenko saying that as for the Russians, she wanted to "nuke them" in order to rid them from Ukraine."


So stop lying to us with your characterization that this is caused by Russia. If the US hadn't "meddled" to the tune of $5-billlion, none of this would be occurring.


You want to report something, report the 400 Acamdemi mercenaries hired to gun down unarmed civilians at eastern polling places.


Report on why the illegal payments to overthrow a legitimate democracy aren't resulting in charges – and who authorized those payments (can you spell R E A D Y  F O R  H I L L A R Y?).


Or how about showing the photos taken of the people murdered and then set on fire in Odessa - I have photos of Right Sector members filling Molotov cocktails - the "ethnic cleansing" weapon of choice used that day.


I’d be happy to share all the photos with you, since the foreign desk can’t seem to get their hands on them.


Or I can get you in touch with some people readying the evacuation of 30,000 Jews from Odessa to Israel - they don't feel like being liquidated after the Kiev Nazis and Nationalists exterminate the Russians. Report on that.


Get the idea Michael? If Sulzberger wants to whore out the honor of the NYT - which has even more "honor" problems with Jill's firing over equal pay - you don't have to allow yourself to be turned into a propaganda hack for the western oligarchs.


The internet lets us know the truth, and at this point, the truth is not in the NYT.





MarsInScorpio's picture

I feel so priviledged - I have my very own obsessive down-arrower touting the party line for the CIA / .gov!


Thanks for letting me know I'm getting under your skin . . .


Blazed's picture

I agree, no doubt they are lying about "Russia meddling in Ukraine".

However, "Liquidate the Jews" and "Neo-Nazis"? You do realize the same kosher ethno-mafia clique you are writing to at the corporate media NYT, actually propagate such liquidation/extermination/holocaust narratives and lies, and when you repeat that drivel, you do their work for them. They are the same ethno-mafia leading and pushing for the destructive "Ukrainian" mess, Nudelman, Kagan, Yatz the Yid, Timoshenko, not to mention their major fellow enablers in the US, John Kohn(Kerry), Yellin and Lew for funding.

Here is the historical "whoring out" of the so "honorable" NYT, 10 examples from 1915-1938. See @ 14:30 for just one of the prime examples of using the "6 million Jews" and "extermination/holocaust" propaganda from 1921 NYT.

socalbeach's picture

nice letter. But for future reference it's fomenting, not fermenting.

MarsInScorpio's picture



The word visual was that the US is "brewing up" a toxic mix.


But I get your point, and in that sense, thanks for pointing it out.


FMR Bankster's picture

MDB, I want to stand up to Russia AND be cool. Tell me where you are marching because I want to get a selfie with you?

Joe A's picture

Trendy people dress up as women and grow beards.

Telemakhos's picture

Silly MDB, people who believe in modern democracy and liberal values don't protest in the streets: they like and retweet the statements of their leaders.  Protesting in the streets can be inconvenient to others who normally use those streets, and sometimes people who protest in person become confused and begin protesting the wrong things.  Restricting our expressions of support to retweeting a leader's statement ensures that we all stay on-message and continue to support modern democracy and liberal values.

free_lunch's picture

Wich democracy???

EUROMANIA, new documentary (05/2014), a must see!!!

A filmmaker on a search to uncover the European Union: does Europe provide jobs and democracy, or is it a big business project? A personal and revealing documentary from the creators of the 2012 hit Panopticon. EUROMANIA shows what is happening to people and countries all over Europe.

Watch now:

Seeing Red's picture

The original MDB posts were often like a glass of fine wine -- something to be savored.  While I appreciate MDB_ it just isn't the same for me.

sangell's picture

Lithuania called Gazprom's bluff and said they would buy from Qatar. Gazprom dropped the price 20%.

Joe A's picture

And how exactly is Lituania going to transport gas from Qatar to Lithuania? Or they didn't think about that? A place called Syria is in the way. Or will the glorious Lithuanian army 'liberate' Syria?

MarsInScorpio's picture



Can't wait to read the full article; care to post the link, please? (He wrote, not really believing the post . . .)


blindfaith's picture

Well, Latin Lover the Europeans remember ( unlike Americns) what blood in the street is, especially in the former Eastern Bloc including Ukraine.  They remember the KGB torcher of family members or have them 'disappear'.  What whole towns destroyed is.  What 10 million murdered is. What bread lines are.  What watching the connected politians in Russia live like kings while 10 families share a two bedroom apartment and one bath in the hall. Sacrifice, the Europeans know sacrifice.  The Nazi, the Russians, stomped Europe and the Eastern Block near out of existance. They might not want to sacrifice but they best remember what sitting on their asses did to let the Nazi and Russians take over and ruin there countries and Europe in general.


Further to the rest on HZ>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Where are all these Zerohedge trolls comming from i ask?  Are you all plants?  I wonder. What is happening to ZH?

You think Russia and the Russians in control of people's lives is so great.  Move there ( unless you are a part of the Russian KGB and live there already).   IF You are not Russian Special, you are less than little people, you are still a peasant or slave.  The same faces photographed that were in Chrimea are the same faces in east Ukraine...military out of uniform and KGB.

If Russia is so great, why are so many Russians living outside of Russia.  Do you know any??? I do, and they want no part of Russia atleast as long as Putin is alive. The Russian's in Ukraine have been told what to do or else by the KGB inside Ukraine. They are now damned if they do and damned if they don't cooperate.  Lets see how many flee to another counrty in the dark of night over the comming days to get away from the shadow of Russia taking over Ukraine again.

So all you smug trolls think you are in the majority favoring Russia.  You have an agenda, not freedom in mind. 

Last I remind all of you that the Vietnamese are standing up to China, they know what China is. 

Russia....The Georgians know.  The Baltic States remember.  The Central Asia countries that sit on Russia's border, they know.  But smug Americans who have desk jobs to troll ZH have no clue, and nothing to do but spew crap.  Damn sad.


CzarVladimirI's picture

Best comment I have seen on ZH ever.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture


Best comment I have seen on ZH ever.


Member for
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Propagandists can't even fathom how poor their propaganda is.

free_lunch's picture

Wich Europeans are you talking about? The unelected dictators or the dumbed down debtslaves?

EUROMANIA, new documentary (05/2014), a must see!!!

A filmmaker on a search to uncover the European Union: does Europe provide jobs and democracy, or is it a big business project? A personal and revealing documentary from the creators of the 2012 hit Panopticon. EUROMANIA shows what is happening to people and countries all over Europe.

Watch now:

Seeing Red's picture

It's really amazing how many people get offended when someone admire's Putin's competence.

Gee, we're all SO sorry for wishing we had competent government too (less corrupt would also be nice).

Feel better now?

p.s.  I'm a newb as well.  Get over it.

Ignatius's picture

I think you've lost... your sense of irony and humor.

It's satire, and it's not half bad at that.

NotApplicable's picture

The only downside is that it seriously wrecks these threads. Especially when he doesn't do it constantly.

intric8's picture

..yer not from around these parts, now are ya boy?

angel_of_joy's picture

I think you're just stupid.

ronron's picture

hurry up. we only have 500 days. (sarc)

kchrisc's picture

500 climate scares on the wall, 500 climate scares, take one down, pass it around, 499 climate scares on the wall...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

When will we see "mutual pleasuring" between MDB and Paul Krugman?  The way the Fed and Belgium pleasure each other.

Good for site stats?

spine001's picture

Do you know of anybody that buys anything from Russia except non-value added stuff? I don't.

Dakota Kid's picture

In 2013, Russia sold weapons worth the total of $15.7 billion.

Russia accounts for 27% of global arms exports. The USA takes the lead with 29%.
IridiumRebel's picture

Let's start a nuclear war and then energy will be of no matter. Attach a wind turbine to your mouth and you could power your home for the year.

joego1's picture

and and one hooked to the ass could help out your nieghbours electric bill.

Seeing Red's picture

Let's build a Star Trek ship and then energy will be of anti-matter.

Joe Tierney's picture

Yo, MDB - Rumsfeld is calling - he wants his yuppie-drone back.


While you're at it, go grab that can 'o' pepper spray you keep on your nightstand for defense against Rooskies 'in the night' and take a selfie.

free_lunch's picture


EUROMANIA  a must see documentary .

A filmmaker on a search to uncover the European Union: does Europe provide jobs and democracy, or is it a big business project? A personal and revealing documentary from the creators of the 2012 hit Panopticon. EUROMANIA shows what is happening to people and countries all over Europe.


TheReplacement's picture

It is interesting that soccer is most popular in 3rd world hellholes and places where tryants murder millions of people every century or so.  Soccer is for victims.

Hey guess what, soccer is more an dmore popular in the US.


Relentless101's picture

Really interesting actually. Football is much more arrogant, which could possibly have catered to Americans being arrogant and therefore not recognizing both interior and exterior threats to our future. Now, since more people are recognizing how fucked we are, there is a rotation from Football to Soccer. Some one should study this correlation if there is one.

Harbanger's picture

I did a comparative study which found there was a rotation in the 90's from male to metro.  The conclusion was that 90's Soccer moms and Boy bands led to general fagness, Hipsters and soccer.