US-Supplied ATACMS Destroy 14 Russian Helicopters: UK

Russia seemingly misplaced 14 helicopters in strikes on two Russian airfields that Ukraine stated it focused with longe-range ballistic missiles fired from U.S.-provided Military Tactical Missile Programs (ATACMS) this week, Britain’s protection ministry has stated.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky introduced that Kyiv used the ATACMS to strike Russian airfields in Ukraine’s Luhansk area and the port metropolis of Berdyansk within the Zaporizhzhia area on Tuesday.

ATACMS are able to reaching targets 100 miles or extra away. Tuesday’s strikes marked Ukraine’s first identified use of the weapons.

The U.Ok. Ministry of Protection (MOD) stated in its intelligence replace on Friday that though the extent of injury is at the moment unconfirmed, it’s seemingly 9 Russian army helicopters at Berdyansk and 5 at Luhansk have been destroyed.

A Kamov Ka-52 Alligator helicopter is seen in Russia’s Krasnodar area on March 28, 2019. Russia seemingly misplaced 14 helicopters in Ukrainian strikes on two Russian airfields this week, Britain’s protection ministry has stated.
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Newsweek has contacted Russia’s Protection Ministry by way of electronic mail for remark.

The Kremlin has but to touch upon the studies of the strikes however on Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin known as the U.S. supply of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine “one other mistake by the US.”

“Struggle is conflict,” Putin stated. “And, in fact, I’ve stated that [ATACMS] pose a menace. It goes with out saying. However what counts most is that they’re utterly unable to drastically change the scenario alongside the road of contact. It is not possible.”

British protection officers stated that if confirmed, it’s extremely seemingly the losses of the helicopters will have an effect on Russia’s capability each to defend its belongings and conduct additional offensive exercise on Ukraine’s southern axis.

“Provided that Russian mounted wing shut air help up to now has been extraordinarily poor, Russian defensive traces have change into more and more reliant on rotary wing help within the face of the Ukrainian offensive,” the ministry’s intelligence replace stated. “Berdyansk was getting used as a main Ahead Working Base on the southern axis offering each logistics and offensive/defensive capabilities.”

“Given the present pressure on Russian army manufacturing, the confirmed lack of any air frames will likely be troublesome to switch within the quick to medium time period,” the MOD stated.

“This loss will even seemingly create extra strain on Russia’s pilots and air frames, already nearly actually struggling fight exhaustion and upkeep points because of the unanticipated protracted marketing campaign,” it stated.

The British protection ministry added that there’s a reasonable chance the strike will compel Russia to as soon as once more relocate its working bases and command and management nodes farther from the entrance traces, growing the burden on logistics chains.

The British Royal Air Pressure stated that Moscow had 899 helicopters in the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. In keeping with the newest figures from the Normal Employees of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, which can’t be independently verified, Moscow has misplaced 324 helicopters for the reason that conflict started.

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