, 2022-12-03 05:05:08,
Russia has reportedly lost more than double the number of aircraft compared to Ukraine since the start of the war, according to a report from a Dutch-based military blog.
As of Friday, the Kremlin’s military had lost a total of 286 aircraft since Russia’s late-February invasion of Ukraine, reported the open-source military tracking site Oryx. The tally includes combat aircraft, transportation vehicles and drones that have either been destroyed, damaged or captured.
In comparison, Oryx counted that the Ukrainian military had lost 129 aerial vehicles in the same time period.
Early last month, the U.K. Defense Ministry predicted that Russia was losing its aircraft faster than it could replace it due to its poorly trained air forces. The commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, Valeriy Zlauzhnyi, also predicted at the time that Russia had lost 278 aircraft as of November 3, which was over twice what the Russian military lost during the Soviet-Afghan War from 1979 to 1989.
Oryx noted that its report is based on “destroyed aerial assets of which photo or videographic evidence or pilot death notices are available,” meaning the total number of aircraft lost…
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