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The Ukrainian army is using Soviet-era helicopters on missions to the front lines in the fight against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Each day, they might fly three or four sorties, says the commander, whose Mi-24 attack helicopter, built about 40 years ago, is older than himself. The conflict in Ukraine is largely an artillery war, with territory being fought inch by inch under a barrage of shells and missiles. But the pilot says Ukraine’s aviation capabilities play a significant role in the fight. Several countries, including the United States and Britain, have pledged to send or have already sent helicopters to Ukraine since the war started more than a year ago. Read moreUkraine using Soviet-era choppers to pummel Russia from afar

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