KYIV ($1=36.80 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Moscow has managed to replenish its losses and is currently using more attack helicopters in Ukraine. According to Yuriy Ignat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia operates 360 helicopters. The number was increased against the background of the 250 helicopters used since the beginning of the war. However, the number of aircraft used has decreased, Ignat also says.
According to Ignat, Russia actively uses Belarusian airfields, which are about 430. The aircraft-helicopter ratio has changed since the beginning of the war. It used to be 450 planes and 250 helicopters, today helicopters have increased by 110 units more. Ignat explains this phenomenon with the frequent use of attack aircraft [attack helicopters] in support of Russian ground operations.
In addition to helicopters, Russia uses long-range bombers, fighter-bombers, and attack aircraft. “Despite all its problems and the lack of a sufficient number of high-precision weapons, Moscow managed to replenish losses, and the air force continues to torment the Ukrainian army,” Ignat said in his statement. According to him, the Ukrainian armed forces are experiencing difficulties against low-altitude unguided missiles fired from Ka-52 helicopters.
According to military experts, Russia has a problem with Ukrainian air defense, but at the same time, Ukraine cannot cope with Russian aviation. There is a danger that air defense missiles will run out at some point. Russia is also replenishing its aviation reserves with Iranian drones. Ukraine needs more air defense systems from the West, experts say.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border. Moscow also claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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