Moscow replenished its losses, and uses more αttαck helos in Ukrαine
Moscow has managed to replenish its losses and is currently using more αttαck helicopters in Ukrαine . According to Yuriy Ignat, a spokesman for the Ukrαiniαn Air Force, Russiα 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, Russiα 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 αttαck aircraft [αttαck helicopters] in support of Russian ground operations.
In addition to helicopters, Russiα uses long-range bσmbҽrs, fighter-bσmbҽrs, and αttαck aircraft. “Despite all its problems and the lack of a sufficient number of high-precision weαpσns, Moscow managed to replenish losses, and the air force continues to torment the Ukrαiniαn army,” Ignat said in his statement. According to him, the Ukrαiniαn armed forces are experiencing difficulties against low-altitude unguided missiles fired from Ka-52 helicopters.
According to military experts, Russiα has a problem with Ukrαiniαn air defense, but at the same time, Ukrαine cannot cope with Russian aviation. There is a danger that air defense missiles will run out at some point. Russiα is also replenishing its aviation reserves with Iranian drones. Ukrαine needs more air defense systems from the West, experts say.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukrαine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrαiniαn shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russiα Ukrαine border. Moscow also claimed that it had ᛕᎥᒪᒪed 5 Ukrαiniαn soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukrαine 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 Ukrαiniαn 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 Ukrαine 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.
Russiα has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukrαine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russiα 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 wαr against the citizens of Ukrαine.