On Tuesday, Ukrainian bomber planes took out three unmanned Russian aircraft and something helicopter in the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions, in accordance with a Facebook post published by the Air Force Command of the MILITARY of Ukraine.
The Ka-52 helicopter, introduced in 1996 and referred to as the “Alligator,” can be an all-weather attack helicopter owned and operated by the Russian Air Force that may destroy both armored and unarmored targets, low-speed aerial targets and military personnel. Additionally it is deployed as a surveillance platform and aerial command post for several attack helicopters.
The daytime attack by Ukrainian personnel included around 10 group airstrikes on Russian troops positioned “in a number of operational directions.”
The attacks came on the heels of “a substantial portion” of Russia’s naval aviation combat jets being applied for as Ukrainian forces bombarded aircraft and ships on the Crimean Peninsula close to the Black Sea.
As well as the destruction of the three unmanned aircraft and the Alligator, Ukrainian officials announced that Su-25 and Su-24 bombers struck Russian platoon and mouth supports, marching tank columns and enemy manpower and equipment.
Peter Rutland, professor of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Wesleyan University, told Newsweek that Russia’s air-based war strategy is perplexing, saying that “one of the primary puzzles of Russia’s poor performance in Ukraine has been the shortcoming of its air force to accomplish air superiority.”
“This all testifies to Russia’s inability to launch effective combined arms operations on land, air and sea,” Rutland said. “They’re still fighting in the design of the eastern front of World War II.”
The other day, CNN, referencing experts and satellite images, reported that explosions at a Russian airbase in Crimea destroyed aircraft that included seven Russian warplanes such as for example Su-24 bombers and Su-30 multirole fighter jets. The attack, if accurate, was referred to as Russia’s biggest one-day lack of military aircraft since World War II.
Ukraine has had some hits aswell, like the recent announcement that Anton Lystopad, who was simply awarded the title of the greatest pilot of the Air Force of the MILITARY of Ukraine in 2019, was reportedly killed in battle.
Ukrainian resolve when confronted with the Russian invasion has both surprised and impressed U.S. officials. Being an unnamed Pentagon official described, Ukrainian troops did what to Russian forces that “we would not need thought were possible.”
Russian forces have already been influenced by “the Ukrainians’ capability to get after [Russian] command and control, ammunition, sustainment and logistics locations,” the state said.
Newsweek reached out to the Ukrainian and Russian defense ministries for comment.