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Ihnat explained whether the destruction of the Russian A-50 will reduce the number of missile attacks

Destruction of A-50 reduced enemy capabilities

The destruction of the second Russian A-50 long-range radar detection aircraft will not force the aggressor state's army to reduce the number of missile attacks on Ukraine. However, this serious loss for Russia will greatly help our country.

In particular, the Russians have reduced their ability to conduct radar reconnaissance on the territory of Ukraine, and it will be more difficult for the enemy to detect air targets and Ukrainian radars. This was stated by the spokesman for the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yuriy Ihnat, during a telethon.

The Air Force spokesman is convinced that such serious losses as the A-50 surveillance aircraft destroyed on February 23 significantly reduce the enemy's capabilities. In this particular case, the capabilities of the invaders in conducting radar reconnaissance have been narrowed.

"The capabilities of the Russian aviation are diminishing as special equipment is being destroyed and flight crews are being killed. As a result, the entire crew is killed. Therefore, this is the only way to gradually destroy the enemy with the means we have," said Ihnat.

The Air Force spokesman emphasized that the loss of the A-50 will not prevent Russia from continuing to fire missiles at Ukraine. Therefore, the idea that the invaders will launch fewer missiles, instead increasing the number of kamikaze drones is wrong.

"Unfortunately, we have limited resources in long-range air defense today. Everyone always talks about this, too. That's why their capabilities are decreasing, but the enemy has such aircraft, the enemy can plan further strikes," Ihnat said.

According to him, the Russians will have to make some adjustments to their usual actions. In particular, the occupiers are unlikely to use the A-50s they still have in the same way as they did before. Therefore, every such loss of the enemy helps Ukraine greatly.

"Of course, they will take into account what has happened, and they will not fly closer with A-50s. You can see that the more we destroy, the farther even the long-range radar detection aircraft operates. What does this mean? It reduces their ability to conduct radar reconnaissance on the territory of Ukraine, to detect air targets in our airspace, and to detect our radar systems. Therefore, of course, such shootdowns, such destruction of Russian equipment will help us very much. And they will reduce the enemy's capabilities," the Air Force spokesman added.

On the evening of February 23, a Russian A-50U long-range radar detection and control aircraft was shot down over the Sea of Azov. The downed aircraft went down in the Krasnodar region of the Russian Federation. It was a joint operation of the Main Intelligence Directorate and the Air Force.

Before the full-scale invasion, Russia had only nine such aircraft: three A-50s and six A-50Us.

A-50 and A-50U aircraft are used by the occupiers to detect and track air and surface targets, alert command posts of automated control systems of the armed forces about the air and surface situation, can be used to control fighter and strike aircraft when they are guided at air, land, and sea targets, and can also serve as an air command post.

The A-50 radars are very valuable to the Russians. They play the role of correctors during massive shelling of Ukraine and are worth at least $330 million.

It was believed that these aircraft could not be shot down. However, the Ukrainian Defense Forces first shattered this stereotype on January 14, when they shot down two Russian occupation aircraft over the Sea of Azov. An A-50 long-range radar detection and control aircraft was shot down and an Il-22 was damaged.

The myth of the Russian A-50's indestructibility was refuted for the second time on February 23.

On the morning of February 24, it became known that the bodies of the crew members were found in the area where the A-50 crashed in the Krasnodar Territory.

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