A Ukrainian Su-27 with an AGM-88 HARM missile underhung.
a bit further north. For several days they
attacked from different direction on the
villages east of city of Kupyansk where the
Ukrainians established a little bridgehead
behind Oskil river. The Russians deployed
the elite units equipped with T-90 tanks. All
these attacks were repelled though, thanks
to the minefields, artillery, mobile missiles, and aviation. The Russians lost tens
of tanks and three to four tactical battalion
groups. They did not relieve the pressure
on Lyman and the city surrendered in the
beginning of October. The Ukrainians reached the road connecting another two important cities, Svatove and Krmnina. In the
beginning of October there was another
successful breach in the Kherson area.
Mobilization and annexation
There was a little “earthquake” in the diplomatic and political quarters. The successful Ukrainian advance forced the Russian president Putin to declare a partial
mobilization on September 21. On March
8 in the speech to the Russian women he
stated it will never happen. The mobilization affected 300 thousand reservists with
A Ukrainian Su-25 in low flight over a highway.
the military experience and ideally possessing much needed specializations. They
were to be dispatched to the front after
receiving the resumption military training.
But as a Russian saying goes, they wanted
the best, but it ended as always. A large
number of men fled Russia since the military commissars were drafting practically everybody who they could get hold of,
regardless of the experience. And over the
time more and more cases were reported
when they sent drafted men to the front
immediately and without any training.
Consequently, Putin declared the referendums about the annexation to Russia of
four occupied Ukrainian areas – Donetsk,
Luhansk, Zaporozhiye and Kherson. It did
not matter that none of these are controlled by Russians and the fighting is still
going on in all of them. These mock referendums were completed on September
27 with the outcome predictable in advance. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the
world honored them. At the UN General
Assembly 143 countries voted for the resolution condemning the illegal annexation.
Only five countries were against – Russia,
Belorus, Nicaragua, North Korea and
Syria. Despite this fact the Russians claim
the occupied territories belong to them and
threaten with nuclear weapons deployment to defend them.
The ongoing war in Ukraine is still conventional one and we all hope it will not escalate based on the aforementioned threats
- on the contrary, that it will end as soon as
possible. One of the things that significantly
contributed to the rapid Ukrainian advance,
and which deserves more attention are
the HARM missiles. We spoke about their
initial deployment by the Ukrainians in the
previous article. The information available
was rather sketchy though and this has not
changed since. It is clear though that besides Mig-29 fighters they are being used by
Su-27. Probably it is only a matter of installing the modified attachment points. HARM
missiles play the irreplaceable role in blinding the Russian AA defense. According to
the unconfirmed Ukrainian information in
a day they managed to destroy 10 Russian
radars. At the crucial moments of launching the Ukrainian counterattacks this
enabled more flexible deployment of the
A series of shots of the Ukrainian MiG-29UB two-seater. Although not visible in these photos, it is a “white 91” machine. Note the Spirit of Kiev emblem on the nose.