Over the past week, thousands of Mariupol residents have entered Russia through the corridor. In addition, Russia began a more intensive bombing campaign against Ukraine last week, including destroying underground arsenals with Kinzhal hypersonic missiles.
Ukraine, Kyiv (Merxwire) – Although Russia has the second largest air force globally, it turns out that Russia cannot achieve a clear advantage in Ukraine, the second-largest area in Europe. Russia has a land area of 17 million square kilometers and Ukraine 603 thousand square kilometers. War in the city made Russian occupation plans difficult.
Yesterday, the Russian military used its state-of-the-art Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to destroy an arms depot near the city of Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine. Ukraine’s air defense system cannot cope with the new hypersonic missiles, which shows the gap between the military capabilities of the two countries, and Ukraine’s government and military facilities are exposed to the crisis. In addition, western analysts believe that Russia’s economic conditions cannot support a long-term war, and international sanctions have worsened their economy.
Turkey-backed Bayraktar TB2 drones have helped Ukraine, where the Ukrainian military claims they were used in devastating strikes against Russian troops stationed in Ukraine. Ukraine’s network communication system is not affected by the war. The news media, President Zelensky, and Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko continue to publish new information on the Internet. Ukraine can also use the Starlink satellite network to control drones to attack Russian ground forces. Russia has also begun to use the Orion armed drone launched in 2019, but it will not be delivered in large quantities until 2023. The current number of Orion in the Russian Air Force is not enough to cope with the intensity of the Ukrainian battlefield.
History has taught us that defenders have strategic advantages. First, they know the terrain in which they fight, and most importantly, when they are determined to repel an attacker, the aggressor will pay dearly.