: Battle choppers over the occupied Crimea

14:15 Apr. 18, 2016

Battle choppers over the occupied Crimea

A Mi-8AMTSh transport assault helicopter (Getty Images)

Russian air force hold military exercises to locate submarines and enemy troops

Russian air force is now holding its military drills in the occupied Crimea.

Battle helicopters are practicing to conduct landing of troops and search for enemy submarines. This is according to the Russian army representative Nikolay Voskresenskiy.

"Today Ka-27 (Helix) and Mi-8 (Hip) choppers have started military drills against a potential enemy. Among the tasks they have are locating underwater craft and enemy guerilla forces. They are also training to dispatch troops on the ground", said Voskresenskiy.

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The military exercises in Crimea have begun shortly after the joint drills of the United States and Poland in the Baltic sea. During this operation, Russian jets simulated attacks on the U.S.S warship Donald Cook.

American officials said their maneuvers were "dangerous and unprofessional". White House spokesman Josh Earnest called the overflights "entirely inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries operating in proximity to each other in international waters and international airspace."

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