Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 fighters that Ukraine left in the annexed Crimea in 2014 have been completely lost as combat units. Dmitriy Belik, the MP of Russia's State Duma from Sevastopol said that as quoted by RBC-Ukraine.
'All Ukrainian combat vehicles that remained on the peninsula was not serviced or repaired since 2014. Russian troops merely guard them, keeping up with the fire safety rules', the lawmaker said.
According to him, since Crimea was occupied by Russia in 2014, about ten air superiority fighters of Ukraine's air force remained at Belbek air field and ended up completely useless over these five years.
Earlier, some Bulgarian military pilots refused to perform flights using Russian MiG-29 fighters; they reported safety issues in the obsolete aircraft. Atanas Zapryanov, the country’s deputy defense minister said this as quoted by Radio Liberty. The defense ministry accused the boycotting pilots of conducting a motivated campaign. The authority insisted that Bulgaria will be restoring all domestically-made MiG-29s and Russian-made Su-25s (Soviet-era ground attack aircraft, - 112 International).