A Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 drone of Turkish manufacture.
30, another Mi-8 and two attack Mi-24/35.
The Orlan-10 drone was destroyed as well.
On Sunday the Ukrainian score was increased by another Su-34 and Mi-24.
One of the Su-34 aircraft, shot down on Saturday, was piloted by Maj.Krasnoyartsev
who had participated in the Russian bombing campaing in Syria. Together with the
second crew member he ejected from the
stricken bomber and once on the ground
they attempted to escape. The second pilot
was killed and Maj. Krasnoyartsev wounded and captured. His wounds were not
life threatening and Ukrainians stated they
want to bring him to the International Criminal Court for his war crimes.
Supposedly during the interrogation he
confessed the he knew he was bombing civilian targets which is to be corroborated
by the flight plan found in his possession.
Question is if the plan only contained the
targets’ coordinates or he, as a higher ranking officer knew what he was attacking.
Airports are targeted again
According to the Pentagon estimates, as of
March 11 the Ukrainian AF still had 56 combat ready military aircraft. Despite flying
a limited number of missions, in comparison to the Russian opponent, it still needs to
be considered a front line power. This is indirectly confirmed by the change of Russian
tactics. On Friday, March 11, the military airports Ivano-Frankivsk and Luck in the west
of the country became the targets of the
missile attacks. The aero engine military
repair factory in Luck was bombed. For the
first time during the hostilities the airport in
the city of Dnipro, in the middle of Eastern
Ukraine, was bombed. The Ivano-Frankivsk
airport was the target for the missiles on
Sunday, March 13.
It’s not only the aggressor troops that successfully attack the airports. The Russians
deployed a large helicopter unit on the base
near occupied Kherson. It became the target of the Ukrainian missile attack on March
7. Kiev maintained to have destroyed 30 Russian helicopters, satellite images however
showed that only six were hit and damaged.
The Russians did not learn the lesson from
this warning and still left at the airport the
large number of unprotected helicopters
parked tightly one to another. On March 15
the punishment arrived in the form of a new,
much better prepared Ukrainian missile
attack. At least 16 helicopters were hit out
of which 15 were completely destroyed and
one damaged. The large number of military
vehicles burnt within the base perimeter.
At this point the only conclusion to be made
is that the intense air combat continues and
losses on both sides mount. We can only
wish that until the next INFO Eduard release this madness will have stopped.
Ukrainian An-26 shot down on the first day
of the war in the Kiev area.