Russia’s plane losses more than double Ukraine’s: report

According to a report by a Netherlands-based military blog, Russia has lost more than twice as many planes as Ukraine since the war began.

As of Friday, the Kremlin military had lost a total of 286 aircraft since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, open-source military-tracking site Oryx reported. The count includes combat aircraft, transport vehicles, and drones that were either destroyed, damaged, or captured.

In comparison, Oryx counted that the Ukrainian military lost 129 aircraft in the same period.

Damage Planes is based at Kherson Airport
This photo taken on November 20, 2022 shows a damaged plane among other wrecked planes at Kherson International Airport in the outskirts of Kherson, Ukraine. Russia has reportedly lost more than twice as many planes as Ukraine since the war began in February.
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Earlier last month, the UK MoD predicted that Russia would lose its planes faster than it could replace them due to its undertrained air force. Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zlauzhnyi also predicted at the time that Russia had lost 278 aircraft by Nov. 3, more than double the number lost by the Russian military during the 1979-1989 Soviet-Afghan War.

Oryx noted that its report is based on “destroyed aircraft of which photo or video evidence or pilot obituaries is available,” meaning the total number of aircraft lost is expected to be significantly higher than Friday’s total.

Russia also appears to be blowing up a significant portion of its stockpiles of military equipment compared to Ukraine. Oryx reports that while Ukraine lost over 300 tanks and 200 armored vehicles in the war, Russia has lost over 1,500 tanks since invading its western neighbor.

The Kremlin’s army was largely overwhelmed by Ukrainian troops after grossly misjudging their ability to conquer the post-Soviet state. A report by Britain’s think tank Royal United Services Institute on Friday revealed four key assumptions Russia had been banking on before its invasion, according to copies of orders signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Multiple sources have also reported extremely low morale among Putin’s troops, due to poor training and successful Ukrainian counter-offensives that have forced Russia to withdraw from once-occupied cities. In response, Russia has focused much of its energies in recent weeks targeting civilian infrastructure and shutting down power supplies across Ukraine.

Putin reportedly told Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday that attacks on civilian infrastructure “have become an inevitable and inevitable response to Kiev’s provocative attacks on Russia’s civilian infrastructure.” However, promises of future missile strikes from Russia prompted Spain to stockpile Ukraine, according to a tweet from Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov.

In his late-night address on Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said officials had continued to receive “critical” support from several European allies “for the establishment of a special tribunal — a tribunal on Russian aggression.”

“London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw and other capitals… We are strengthening our positions everywhere and gathering the support of our partners,” said Zelenskyy. “I’m sure there will be a tribunal, there will be justice.”

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Rick Schindler

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