Ukraine loses half of its military aircrafts in one year of Donbas war

27 january 2015 | 09:45

According to the statistics, every third aircraft destroyed in the world last year was Ukrainian.

Ukraine has lost almost half of its Air Force in 2014
Ukraine has lost almost half of its Air Force since the beginning of the Russian military aggression.

This was reported by the Polish edition of Rzeczpospolita, referring to the annual report World Air Forces, published by Flightglobal, a British publication dedicated to the aerospace industry. According to the report, Ukraine had 400 aircrafts last year, while now their number is only 222.

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Ukraine lost a part of its Air Force after the annexation of the Crimea. Although, Russia returned some aircrafts to Ukraine, albeit in a broken state, most of the equipment remained in the occupied peninsula. Another part of the aircrafts has been simply written off.

22 aircrafts and several helicopters of Ukrainian Armed Forces have been lost in the Donbas. Almost all of them have been shot down by "ground-to-air" missiles. The authors claim that one of the Ukrainian MiGs-29 was shot down by the same-model Russian fighter over the Russian territory.

The number of fighters has been significantly reduced in Ukraine. For example, Ukrainian Air Force has 19 MiGs-29, while at the beginning of the year there were 80, There are only 16 Su-27, out of 36 last year, and 15 Su-25 comparatively to 36 in the previous year. At the same time, the NSDC is afraid of a use of Russian aircrafts.

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The so-called "LPR" has announced about the creation of its own "Air Force. " Thus, it has 2 aircrafts (Su-25 and a training L-29). This fact indicates about the beginning of an information campaign to cover a possible use of the Russian Air Force against the ATO forces" – commented the NSDC Speaker Andriy Lysenko.

Source: Rzeczpospolita

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