This Beriev Be-12 amphibious aircraft at Mikolaev Airbase after its flight from the seized Saky Airbase at the Crimea peninsula (Image © Ukrainian Ministry of Defence)

Russia gives Be-12 and Ka-27s back to Ukraine

This Beriev Be-12 amphibious aircraft at Mikolaev Airbase after its flight from the seized Saky Airbase at the Crimea peninsula (Image © Ukrainian Ministry of Defence)
This Beriev Be-12 amphibious aircraft at Mikolaev Airbase after its flight from the seized Saky Airbase at the Crimea peninsula (Image © Ukrainian Ministry of Defence)

LATEST UPDATE 15 APRIL 2014 | Russia has released one Ukrainian Navy Be-12 amphibious aircraft and two Ka-27 maritime helicopters from Saky Naval Air Station on the Crimea on 14 April 2014. Saky was seized by Russian forces in March 2014 when they took over the whole of the peninsula by force, however with almost no bloodshed.

The Beriev Be-12 arrived by air from Saky and landed on the Ukrainian Air Base at Nikolaev (Mikolaev), where Ukrainian Su-25s are based. Despite the not superb state the crew deemed the condition of the aircraft good enough for flight.

Moreover two Kamov Ka-27 maritime helicopters arrived in Nikolaev by rail from Saky, with a third expected soon. Beside the air assets Ukrainian Navy tanker vessel Fastiv and missile corvette Pryluky were also given back to Ukraine by Russia. Unable to make it on their own, they were tugged from Sevastopol at the Crimea to Odesa Naval Base. The working vessel Balta arrived in Odesa on 15 April 2014. None of these returned ships have air assets.

Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Defence