Air war over Ukraine
Ukrainian Offensive, Prigozhin Coup
Text: Miro Barič
Ukrainian Mi-24P at a field base.
June was an extremely hot month in Ukraine, and we’re not referring
to global warming. Events unfolded on the front lines that laid the
groundwork for significant changes in the future – not only for Ukraine
but also for Russia. The Ukrainian offensive began, which, though
seemingly progressing slowly, was steady. In Russia, the Wagner
Group revolted, but they quickly changed their minds, yet the regime
remained shaken. Things were set in motion.
In this part of the series, we’ll follow events
from June 1 to July 1, but first, let’s revisit an
event from the previous period. On May 13, an
attack group of Russian aircraft, consisting
of Su-34, Su-35, and 2 × Mi-8 helicopters,
was shot down in the Bryansk region near
the Ukrainian border. When the previous part
was being completed, the exact details of
what happened had not been confirmed, and
various possibilities were being considered.
However, the Ukrainian Armed Forces later
released a video in which they boasted of their
successes in air defense. The footage showed
a Patriot system with markings indicating the
score, confirming that they were responsible
for that mentioned Russian group. On the
side, there are painted silhouettes of aircraft
and helicopters with the date May 13. By the
way, they have three Mi-8 helicopters painted
there, but officially only two were confirmed.
The Ukrainians, therefore, claim one more.
It is possible that the Russian group at that time
consisted of two Mi-8MTPR-1 helicopters for
electronic warfare and a third Mi-8 prepared
for search and rescue in case of the attack
bomber being shot down.
In addition to this group, the aforementioned
Patriot system has an impressive collection of
missiles, including Kinzhals, missiles with a low
flight path, and drones painted on its side. The
Ukrainians also demonstrated decent scores
against the S-300 and NASAMS systems.
armed forces, social
media and other public
The Patriot system excelled, especially
during the intensive attacks on Kyiv in May. The
Russian shelling of the capital decreased in
June. They probably realized that their attacks
were just wasting rockets - but officially, they
accomplished their mission because, according
to Putin’ְs words, they destroyed five or six
Patriot systems near Kyiv. Never mind that
Ukraine received only two of them ...
Another reason for shifting the Russian
command’s attention away from Kyiv was the
Ukrainian counteroffensive. After prolonged
anticipation, it began in early June in the
Zaporizhzhia Oblast, southern Ukraine. The