RuAF aircraft increased the time of air raid to 3 hours – Ukraine

Officials from Ukraine have revealed a significant increase in the frequency of airstrikes, six times more than before, conducted by the Russian Aerospace Forces [VKS]. 

Russian Su-34s bombed pro-Turkish positions in Idlib, Syria
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They have pointed out that advanced gliding bombs, which strike with heightened precision, coupled with new aviation strategies, have escalated the duration of a single air strike over Ukraine to approximately 3 hours. 

Ukrainian Armed Forces senior officer Yuriy Ignat confirmed in a ‘Strana’ online portal report that these intensified activities by VKS have negatively impacted Ukraine’s economy. They have stunted economic growth by freezing business operations. 

As reported by Ukrainian media, the extensive turmoil disrupts day-to-day functions across various sectors including transport, factories, and private businesses. Such is the pervasiveness of this issue that many regions have issued partial air alerts – allowing alarm signals to sound only in certain parts of the country, instead of nationwide coverage. 

Evidence of these operations includes instances where Russian flights spend hours hovering in the air, substituting active combat with aerial maneuvers. They often leverage in-flight refueling, a method designed to enhance pilot performance and hone their flying abilities. 

Russian Su-34 is too heavy as a fighter and too small as a bomber
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Official records of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry revealed that the alert on November 14 lasted a minimum of two and a half hours. 

In a recent interview, the Ukrainian spokesperson specifically highlighted the challenge posed by the planning bombs from Russia. He stated that these bombs cause considerable disruption on the ground, making them incredibly difficult to neutralize by the existing air defense system.

Use of 500 kg bombs

Utilizing innovative modification techniques, the Russian Aerospace Forces have revamped 500-kilogram bombs, originally created seven decades ago, transforming them into some of the most sophisticated weaponry around. These new-age weapons boast enhanced precision and extended firing range. 

Su-34 may have 'anomalously dropped' a FAB-500M62 bomb on Belgorod
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These transformed weapons are aviation ammunition known as the FAB-500 M-54. The ‘revamped’ bombs have been equipped with universal planning and adjustment modules. Interestingly, the internet has been buzzing with footage of the Su-34’s skillful deployment of these modernized FAB-500 M-54 bombs. 

Currently, the M54 variant of the FAB-500 is being used – a version that has been in production since 1954 thanks to Soviet industry advancements. The distinguishing feature of this potent version is its unique ballistic devices. 

However, the updated version, unleashed by the Su-34 as part of the FAB-500 UMPC, lacks certain features found in the basic model design like stabilizers and vortex ‘generators’, which are usually employed to create additional air flows. These flows essentially boost the effectiveness of the bomb’s tail. 

Extremely rare close-up photo of the FAB-500 bomb before it was used
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“The newer version incorporates composite materials shaped into an aerodynamic cap. Owing to these materials, the bomb has significantly lower radar visibility, making it more effective,” said Yuriy Ignat in June this year.

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.

Russia is sending more tanks carrying TNT and bombs to Ukraine
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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.

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.

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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