Russian air defenses not as effective as Moscow claims, Ukrainian Air Force says

17 November 2022, 09:55 PM
Ignat said that Russia has enough air defense means, but the Armed Forces also have good weapons (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/www.flickr.com)

Ignat said that Russia has enough air defense means, but the Armed Forces also have good weapons (Photo:Ministry of Defense of Ukraine/www.flickr.com)

Russian air defense systems are not as effective as the Russian Defense Ministry claims them to be, Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said during a briefing on Nov. 17.

“Russia has enough air defense equipment – it works effectively and we harbor no illusions here,” Ihnat said.

“But our forces also have good weapons, which are provided by our partners... Our weapons are integrated and do their job, while Russian air defense suffers losses. It is not the same as presented in the reports of the Russian Ministry of Defense.”

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Ihnat added that Moscow lies about shooting down “dozens of HIMARS projectiles.”

“That’s not true, those projectiles hit their targets perfectly,” he said.

According to Ihnat, Russia does not have enough anti-air capacity to secure its airspace along the entire front line.

“We see that they have already started transporting S-300 anti-air missiles from Belarus to somewhere closer to Donbas,” he concluded.

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