Mi-24P (RF-94965 / 08 RED) in atypical colourful. The tablet says: "loaded helicopter!". The "Crocodile" (russian nickname Mi-24) loaded of two 20-round pods (B-8) of 80-mm folding fin unguided rockets (S-8), two training bombs P-50T, four and SACLOS 9K114 Shturm (radio guided anti-tank missile system AT-6 Spiral) and one powerful dual-barrel autocannon 30-mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2K. Also in this photo is well visible the sight of guidance of rockets (Low light level TV pod) which is usually closed by protective hatch.
Ukraine is too small and was economically in no shape to maintain a fleet of Tu-160s. How the heck should Ukraine compete with them. That's insane. From an economic point of view there was no other option but to abandon them.
I am referring to Tu-160 shredding to pieces - you could exchange wih Russia them for something you need. Nevertheless looking from economical perspective Ukraine is anyway too small to be independent either it will join EU as second class citizens (similarly to rest of EE) or join Russia EurAsian Project. IMO all Slavic countries would be better off uniting in federation model.