Russia is planning a major air assault using aircraft and attack helicopters to assist its invasion in Ukraine, according to Western intelligence.
The accumulation of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft along Russia’s border with Ukraine has led observers to assume that Moscow may try to utilize the air assets to gain the initiative in the eastern Donbas region. The aircraft have been sighted on Russia’s side of the border with Ukraine.
This warning came at the same time that over fifty of Ukraine’s western allies were meeting at the headquarters of NATO in Brussels to discuss future preparations for providing the country with military assistance. The United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, who was in charge of organizing the meeting, reported that there had been no significant progress made towards supplying Kiev with fighter jets.
Before the meeting where he made his request for combat aircraft, Ukraine’s Minister of Defense Oleksiy Reznikov even showed journalists a handkerchief that had a picture of a fighter jet printed on it. However, he stated that speeding supplies of air defense and artillery systems, in addition to armor, were more crucial for Ukraine’s army. This was discussed in private conversations with senior colleagues.
According to a top source in the administration of the United States, “The Russian land forces are pretty depleted therefore it’s the best indicator they will turn this into an air conflict.” “If the Ukrainians are going to survive, they need to have as many different types of air defense systems as well as as much ammo as they can get their hands on.”
During the conversation, Austin voiced his concern that Ukraine was still exposed to a serious risk from Russia’s air force.
“He made it very clear that we have a narrow window of time to help the Ukrainians prepare for an offensive and that they had some pretty specific needs,” a senior official from the United States stated about the conversation.
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