Western press: Ukrainian air defense demonstrated its hopelessness


After the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge, Russia launched large-scale missile strikes, and also began to actively use kamikaze UAVs against Ukraine's critical infrastructure. This was noticed in the Western media, in which critical publications appeared about the state of the Ukrainian air defense system.


For example, the British newspaper Financial Times called Ukraine's air defense "leaky and untenable." According to the media, Russia's massive air impact is driving Ukraine into a corner.

The publication notes that the Ukrainian air defense system demonstrates virtual impotence, since it has few resources. Given the availability of forces and means, Kyiv is forced to make a difficult choice, leave air defense systems to protect cities and important facilities, or send them to cover the army on the line of contact.

The authorities are trying to reassure the population with reports that the air defense is shooting down a lot of missiles and loitering ammunition. However, the footage of arrivals from different places suggests otherwise.

Sources of the publication confirmed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine transferred most of the existing air defense systems closer to the front in order to further develop the counteroffensive in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions. Thus, to cover industrial, energy and other important facilities, there simply were not enough forces and means left. The media concluded that the Ukrainian authorities cannot influence the situation in any way and there can be no talk of high-quality air defense work on the territory of the country at the moment.

It should be noted that in recent days a lot of such materials have appeared in the Western press. This indicates that certain political circles want to convince the authorities of Western states to begin a large-scale transfer of modern air defense systems to Ukraine in order to "close the Ukrainian sky for Russian missiles and aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces."
  • Photos used: Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
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  1. zuuukoo Offline zuuukoo
    zuuukoo (Sergei) 11 October 2022 19: 05
    +4
    If the air defense were bad, instead of expensive calibers, Su-24s and Su-34s would fly and drop penny bombs, as they did in Syria.
  2. Sergey Kuzmin Offline Sergey Kuzmin
    Sergey Kuzmin (Sergei) 11 October 2022 19: 11
    +2
    Sources of the publication confirmed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine transferred most of the available air defense systems closer to the front in order to further develop the counteroffensive in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions.

    These "frontline" Ukronazi air defense systems should become targets for Russian tactical landings. After a dozen of these systems are captured by the Russians, the idea of ​​supplying the Ukronazis with new Western-made air defense systems will become obvious and meaningless to the Sshanatists. However, they, of course, can continue to supply, but the Russian paratroopers will already get their hands on their capture ...
  3. Siegfried Offline Siegfried
    Siegfried (Gennady) 11 October 2022 21: 29
    +1
    in order to create strong air defense in Ukraine, the West will need to supply a huge number of expensive systems (together with operators). The size of the country, the number of objects and the length of the front are too large.

    Air defense systems are not howitzers, it is difficult, long and expensive to increase production. Therefore, the West will not give up its massive air defense to Kyiv, where it will be destroyed in order to be left without air defense systems for itself later. In addition, it is already late, there is no time for the deployment of Western air defense in Ukraine.

    For Russia, Western air defense will open up the possibility of studying these systems, developing countermeasures and access to technologies if it is possible to seize or redeem (especially at the time of the collapse of Ukraine, during chaos. Then you need to be ready in time to offer anyone who needs money to buy back everything that Russia wanted And those who can ensure this deal need to prepare the logistics of delivery and the forceful cover of the deal).

    Most likely, the West will allocate several systems to cover Kyiv and try to ambush the Aerospace Forces somewhere in order to demonstrate success. Russia will hunt these systems in order to also demonstrate the worthlessness of Western air defense systems. All this will be at the level of 1-2 systems vs 1-2 downed or not downed aircraft.

    October 10, this is not only a response to Kyiv, it is a demonstration in Poland, the Baltic states, Romania and partly Western Europe. Poland, which frightens with its belligerence, may be without electricity for a long time within a few hours...
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 11 October 2022 22: 21
    +3
    So they said that their air defense was almost destroyed. What such hopelessness, if they have a kayuk for a long time ...
  5. Zenn Offline Zenn
    Zenn (Andrei) 12 October 2022 07: 44
    0
    Our "Western partners" "forgot" to write the main thing in their newspapers and portals, perhaps now the Ukrainian air defense is both unreliable and full of holes, but it is built on reliable Soviet technology and the air defense of the Ukrainian SSR was created by competent specialists, and after an incident for more than 30 years is able to resist and act.
    I believe NATO air defense in Europe will not be able to offer serious resistance. This is what the people and politicians of Europe should be thinking about.