A Requiem For The MiG-25, The Original Soviet Rat RodMichael Ballaban3/01/14 12:00pmFiled to: PlanelopnikFlightclubFoxtrotAlpha10927EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAs I write this now, two of the biggest constituent states of the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Ukraine and Russia, are preparing to go to war. But as these two former siblings stare each other down, one lightning-fast weapon definitely won't be used – the fearsome MiG-25 "Foxbat."After protestors overthrew the pro-Russian government of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, Russia has moved to protect what it considers its own interests. Namely, the Crimean peninsula, and furthermore, the rest of Ukraine. While Russia preserves the pretenses of democracy, with the Kremlin giving "permission" for President Vladimir Putin to use troops to invade Ukraine, in reality Putin has done as dictators do, and given permission to himself to invade whoever the hell he wants.