The American media accused Russia of "destruction" of the Ukrainian Air Force

Russia almost “destroyed” the Ukrainian Air Force. No other army, even the Syrian or Iraqi, has suffered such heavy losses in modern conflicts. It is reported by the American Conservative Journal of International policy The National Interest.

The year of hostilities, which began in 2014, cost Ukraine half of its fighters, transport aircraft and military helicopters. This was the sharpest drop in air force potential in the world over the past few decades.

Before the conflict in the Donbass, Kiev had about 400 conditionally combat-ready aircraft (various airplanes and helicopters), according to the annual review of military aircraft in the world for 2015. A year later, this number dropped sharply to 222.

Several aircraft were hijacked. Somewhat crashed due to technical malfunctions. Part of the aircraft was shot down. But dozens of planes stood idle for many years before the conflict began and simply turned out to be too decrepit to return to duty and go to heaven. This ultimately forced Kiev to write them off.

Indeed, 178 aircraft and helicopters that Ukraine lost accounted for 1/3 of global losses in 2014. In 2015, all countries of the world, in total, already had 51685 military aircraft and helicopters, which is 459 less than the previous year.

For reference, 19902 military aircraft and helicopters, of the indicated total, or 27%, are in the United States. Russia has the second most powerful potential. Its Air Force totals 3429 military aircraft and helicopters, or 7% of the global total.
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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) April 9 2020 16: 45
    It's time to launch the Antonov plant. This includes airplanes, jobs, and escaping poverty. But I am afraid that Ukrainian nationalists will not let the Ukrainian people restore this plant. The West is not interested in this. The West is better than its own, it will sell used planes, which are no longer needed by themselves. This has already happened with boats, armored personnel carriers ...
    1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) April 10 2020 11: 35
      What kind of "Antonov" is there, what are you talking about? To launch it again now, huge funds are needed, which Ukraine does not have and will not have in the foreseeable future, but launching it is still half the battle, it still needs to be modernized to a level that will allow it to mass-produce aircraft. This will also require huge costs and a very long time. If we also take into account that most of the most qualified specialists - aircraft manufacturers have already left Ukraine, and the management of Antonov is now carried out by people far from aircraft construction, absolutely incompetent people who are only interested in their personal enrichment, then the restoration and launch of the aircraft building plant into full operation " Antonov "is extremely unlikely, especially since Antonov is no longer interesting for us. We have launched our national program for the development of aircraft construction and after a while will again be able to produce all types of aircraft and engines for them ourselves, without any dependence on other countries.
      1. Warrior Offline Warrior
        Warrior April 11 2020 02: 46
        Is it in Ukraine during the "independence" only the Antonov plant and the aircraft industry were destroyed and disappeared?
        Over the past 30 years in Ukraine, ALL production has disappeared: mechanical engineering, tractor engineering, rocket science ....
  2. Serge Tixiy Offline Serge Tixiy
    Serge Tixiy (Serge Tixiy) April 9 2020 20: 23
    For me, so "no way to nod at the mirror since the face is crooked" !! Who organized and paid for the coup? Who encouraged and pushed to the use of force? Probably, the United States, whose envoys ruled this "banana" country (who did not understand, read "About kings and cabbage"), sitting in the president's chair and until the present "elite" of this state formation, each sneeze coordinates with the US ambassador .... Only those sick in the head could hope that Russia would endure an armed mess on its borders.
  3. Why Ukraine needs airplanes? Let the oxen ride! Tsob-tsobe!
    1. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
      sgrabik (Sergei) April 10 2020 11: 37
      Let them fly on a broomstick, or in a mortar, but now they’re not at all interested in aircraft building !!!
    2. begemot20091 Offline begemot20091
      begemot20091 (begemot20091) April 10 2020 19: 33
      What kind of aircraft. They cannot be trusted with a tractor. The Poles will only trust them with the broom and toilet bowls. Shit and trash - this is Ukraine’s current credo.
  4. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 9 2020 23: 36
    Now Pushkov's The National Interest is supposedly an "American conservative magazine."
    The rest is already clear.
  5. Piramidon Offline Piramidon
    Piramidon (Stepan) April 10 2020 11: 18
    dozens of aircraft stood idle for many years before the conflict began and simply turned out to be too decrepit to return to duty and go to heaven. This ultimately forced Kiev to write them off.

    But Russia is still to blame.

    The American media accused Russia of “destroying” the Ukrainian Air Force.
  6. Blondy Offline Blondy
    Blondy (Blondy) April 12 2020 16: 01
    I like zapadentsy: they started a civil war, and in order to get the blame on the healthy, they declared Russia to be the aggressor (and for that they also give money).
  7. Ivan Orlovsky Offline Ivan Orlovsky
    Ivan Orlovsky (Ivan Orlovsky) April 18 2020 14: 15
    That’s conditional on the remaining conventional planes and let them make conditional sorties with conditional execution of conditional combat missions.