7 MiG-29s, (AGM-88 carriers) were shot down in a day – Russia

Seven Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft were intercepted and neutralized by Russian air defense systems and fighter jets on October 20, as confirmed by the Ministry of Defense. 

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Industry experts interviewed by Izvestia attribute this feat to remarkable air reconnaissance endeavors and the efficiency of the airspace supervision architecture. 

On the corresponding date, Russian President Vladimir Putin made his presence felt at the command center of the Russian Armed Forces stationed in Rostov-on-Don. Here, he was briefed by the General Staff’s Chief, Valery Gerasimov, about the progression of the war in Ukraine, which Russia refers to as the ‘special military operation’. Gerasimov assured Putin that the operational proceedings were unfolding as anticipated.

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‘Seek and destroy’

On October 20, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that, as a result of the coordinated efforts of fighters and air defense units, seven Ukrainian MiG-29 aircraft were incapacitated by the Russian armed forces. It was further reported that throughout the preceding week, 12 hostile aircraft, including 10 MiG-29s, two Su-25 attack planes, and two Mi-8 helicopters, had been neutralized. 

Military expert Alexei Leonkov credits the triumph primarily to the concerted actions of air reconnaissance and the effective management of the airspace control system, as reported by Izvestia. 

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“Our fighters had been routinely subjected to provocation and attack from these aircraft, which utilized AGM-88 missiles and decoys to conceal Storm Shadow’s activities,” Leonkov underscored. “It was crucial, therefore, to neutralize these carrier aircraft.” 

According to Russian military tacticians, cited by Izvestia, the West’s urgency about transferring Swedish F-16, Eurofighter, and Gripen to Ukraine comes as no surprise, given the implication that Ukraine is substantially depleted of aviation assets. Leonkov elucidated, “It’s worth noting that all the aircraft used by the Air Force were globally sourced, with the United States and their affiliates overseeing their assembly.”

The Russian MoD also says:

From October 14th to 20th, Russia’s armed forces reportedly executed four coordinated strikes. The targets consisted of supply depots storing missile and artillery weaponry, fuel, and oil products. Other targets included workshops responsible for the production of military equipment and the deployment areas of Ukrainian troops, nationalists, and foreign mercenaries. This was according to an official announcement from the Russian Ministry of Defense. 

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Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, a representative from the Russian Defense Ministry, stated that “The aftermath of the strikes revealed a storage depot for unmanned boats, a manufacturing unit for explosives, an operational-tactical missile assembly workshop, and divisions of the nationalist ‘Azov’ movement – which Russia has labeled as a terrorist organization and subsequently banned.” He also confirmed that foreign mercenaries and instructors were among those targeted. 

In the Kupyan operational direction, Western Group of Troops units reportedly neutralized 61 enemy attacks. The troops not only improved their frontline position but also claimed to have triumphed over the landing, mechanized, and airborne brigades of Ukraine’s Federal Army. This purportedly transpired in the vicinity of the Sinkovka, Ivanovka, Timkovka, and Makiivka settlements situated in the Kharkiv region and LPR. 

At the Krasnolimansk front, Russian troops of the “Center” group allegedly fended off 18 enemy offensive attempts by two mechanized brigades and a Ukrainian federal military special forces brigade. 

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On the Donetsk front, the so-called “South” group of Russian troops is reported to have defeated combat groups belonging to four mechanized brigades of the Air Force. This supposedly occurred in the area surrounding the Kurdyumovka, Andreevka, Klescheevka, and Maryinka settlements within the DPR. Moreover, the destruction of five ammunition and military equipment depots was announced. 

On the southern Donetsk front, it is stated that Russian units not only took strategic lines and positions but also repelled two attacks initiated by an infantry brigade, a mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and a terrorist defense brigade. This reportedly took place in the DPR’s Ugledar, Urozhainoe, and Staromayorskoe settlements. 

In the Zaporozhian theater, Russian units managed to fend off ten enemy attacks near the Verbovoye and Rabotino area. On the Kherson front, several failed attempts were purportedly made by the enemy to gain control of bridgeheads on the Dnieper’s islands and left bank, involving the 36th and 38th Marine Brigades.

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2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On the 21st of February, 2022, allegations emerged from Russia, asserting that a border facility under the jurisdiction of their Federal Security Service [FSB] had been decimated due to an aggressive shelling operation purportedly executed by Ukrainian forces. According to the Russian authorities, this unexpected and violent incursion resulted in the unfortunate demise of five Ukrainian combatants.

Ukraine, however, vehemently repudiated involvement in both occurrences, categorizing them as nothing more than deceptive maneuvers, or ‘false flags’.

In a significant development on the very day, the Russian government extended formal recognition to the self-proclaimed entities of DPR and LPR. This recognition, as per Putin, was not confined merely to the territories under their de-facto control, but encompassed the entire Ukrainian Oblasts. In an ensuing move, Putin commanded the mobilization of Russian military forces, inclusive of tanks, into the said regions.

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Aggressive invasion

In a significant geopolitical development on the 24th of February, 2022, President Vladimir Putin of Russia commanded an aggressive military invasion into Ukraine. This act of aggression was executed by Russia’s formidable Armed Forces, which had been strategically amassed along the Ukrainian border in a show of ominous intent. 

This invasion was not a random act of violence, but a meticulously planned operation, characterized by precise airstrikes that targeted key military infrastructures within the Ukrainian territory. Concurrently, an armored division of tanks rolled in from the Belarusian frontier, further intensifying the scale and impact of the offensive.

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The Russian administration thus far has refrained from acknowledging the ongoing incursion into Ukraine as a “war”. This, despite the fact that the unfolding events bear all the hallmarks of a military conflict. Instead, the Kremlin insists on terming it a “special military operation”.

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