Russian Air Force ‘underperforming’ so far Putin’s invasion The U.K. Ministry of Defence said this week that Ukraine could even help ground troops into the field as the war moves east four months after the start of the war.
“Its failure to consistently provide air power is probably one of the most important factors in Russia’s very limited campaign success,” Britain said.
“It does not gain full air superiority and operates in a risk-averse manner that rarely penetrates behind Ukraine’s defenses.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky The U.S. and NATO allies often pushed for a no-fly zone at the start of the invasion, but have since dropped those calls.
US and NATO allies have sent billions of dollars military aid to Ukraine in the past four months. The latest $700 million weapons package includes more than 1,400 Stinger air defense systems, as well as mobile artillery rocket systems, anti-armor weapons, helicopters, tactical vehicles and other weapons.
In addition to Western support, the UK blamed the Russian Air Force’s poor performance on “writing onerous” air combat training “designed to impress senior officials rather than foster dynamic initiative among aircrews”.
“While Russia has an impressive array of relatively modern and capable fighters, the Air Force has almost certainly failed to develop the institutional culture and skill set its personnel need to meet the russian wishes A more western approach to modern air warfare,” the MoD said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv Last week, for the second time since the war broke out, pledged to support Ukrainian forces against Russia.
“All the evidence points to Putin’s army itself under enormous pressure and suffering heavy casualties,” Johnson said in Kyiv. “Their spending on ammunition, shells and other weapons is enormous.”
“After 114 days of our attack on Ukraine, they still haven’t achieved the goals they set in the first week.”
British Army Chief of Staff General Patrick Sanders also reiterated Britain’s support for Ukraine in a message to his troops this month.
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine underscores our core purpose – protect britain And ready to win wars on land – and reinforce the requirement to deter Russian aggression with the threat of force,” he said in an inside message reviewed by the BBC.
“Our generation must prepare the army to fight in Europe again”.