On Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that 49 Ukrainian military installations had been destroyed by raids by Russian warplanes in just 24 hours.
At a press briefing, the ministry’s spokesman, Major General Igor Konashenkov, explained that the number of destroyed facilities constituted two combat management centers, 6 anti-aircraft missile systems, 4 ammunition and fuel and 37 storage sites for weapons and military equipment. .
“The majority – 90% – of Ukrainian military airstrips that hosted the bulk of the military aviation crew have been disabled,” he added.
“Ninety percent of the Ukrainian military airstrips that housed most of the combat aviation crew have been removed. There are almost no more Ukrainian pilots trained in first and second class,” Konashenkov noted.
According to the spokesman, the Ukrainian Air Force is only making singular exit attempts.
“At the time of the special operation, the Ukrainian Armed Forces had up to 250 operational combat aircraft and helicopters. Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed 89 fighter jets and 57 helicopters, on the ground and in the air,” he added.
The spokesman noted that some Ukrainian aircraft have moved to Romania and are not taking part in combat actions.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that in response to a request from the heads of the Donbas republics, he had taken the decision to carry out a special military operation in Ukraine. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow has no intention of occupying Ukrainian territories. The Russian Ministry of Defense assured that the Russian troops did not target Ukrainian cities, but limited themselves to surgically striking and neutralizing Ukrainian military infrastructure. There is no threat to the civilian population.