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Until 2005, the Ukrainian air force was divided into a separate air defense force and an air force. The air force and air defense troops were merged in May 2005 to become what is formally called the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian air force has suffered from chronic underinvestment. The service was expected to undergo significant changes following the 2014 Crimea crisis, having lost a sizable number of aircraft to pro-Russian separatists as well as...

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