No massive attack by hundreds of planes expected on Feb. 24, says Air Force
Ukrainian air defense has been strengthened by modern Western complexes (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)
There will be no massive enemy attack using hundreds of warplanes on the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat said on national television on Feb. 21.
“Many experts are talking about hundreds of planes,” he said.
“This will not happen. Nobody fights like that, it’s not the Second World War. Now there are high-precision weapons.”
He explained that Russian airfields have approximately the same aircraft groupings as at the beginning of a full-scale invasion, as the Russians replenish lost equipment.
The spokesperson added that Ukrainian air defense has been strengthened by modern Western systems and “no one will give [the Russians] an easy ride through the Ukrainian sky.”
On Feb. 18, a representative of Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR), Andriy Yusov, said that the Russian army has concentrated approximately 450 aircraft and 300 helicopters at its western air bases 200 kilometers from the border of Ukraine. However, a massive airstrike on Kyiv is “unlikely”, he stated.
On Feb. 20, Ihnat warned that Russia could launch several waves of attacks on Ukraine on Feb. 23 and 24.
The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, also stated that Russia is preparing for a massive attack on Feb. 23-24.
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