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Ukraine War: Russia losing aircraft faster than they can replace them

Nov 14, 2022

Ukraine War: Russia losing aircraft faster than they can replace them

I'll be getting the latest on the ground now that I'm joined by military analyst and retired Air Vice Marshal Sean Bellshaw. We talked about this a lot in the course of the war and we know it's been going on, but what can you tell us about what Sky News has found out? The Georgian fighters shown here on the left are particularly well motivated

they

are particularly well trained

they

are unified with

Ukraine

against a common enemy and once the war is over

they

will leave their home from a

Russia

n perspective the conscript army on the right is not getting performing very well on the battlefield, huh,

Russia

before, so

they

rely more on mercenary groups like the Wagner group, um,

they

're always mercenaries, it's about their motivation,

they

're not motivation to serve their country,

they

are motivated. about money and the problem with that is if

they

don't survive, if

they

don't survive,

they

can't spend their money, so

they

're absolutely looking for self-preservation.
ukraine war russia losing aircraft faster than they can replace them
The violent group is worth some study on this. because

they

are very much the front line of the

russia

n efforts in the donbass here you have the prison of kenny who is the leader of the wagner group he is a convicted robber but he is also a close personal ally of president putin as the performance of the

Russia

n military hasn't done well actually in the

Ukraine

, so actually the role of mercenaries has risen in value and so you see stocks have risen as well since you built your power base. There are rumors that he is actually building some kind of people's militia in the far west of

Russia

.
ukraine war russia losing aircraft faster than they can replace them
The east side of the donbass. and it's clear that this is going to be out of the control of the normal

russia

n commander outside of the

russia

n army, the question is what is the agenda and that is always the concern when you use mercenary groups. We are never quite sure what

they

are going to do in the future and both parties need more manpower. We just heard from Moscow in the last few minutes that Vladimir Putin says that 50,000

Russia

ns are now serving in combat units, so it's not just about recruiting manpower, but it's also about recruiting firepower. or their war stocks, so both sides need help right now,

Ukraine

is looking to the West for high-tech support with ammunition, gun mortars, and anti-tank weapons, but

Russia

is also looking for help, but not at the same level. of sport is potentially leaning towards China, but China may be a natural ally, but

they

don't want to be seen as supporting

Russia

in the war.
ukraine war russia losing aircraft faster than they can replace them

Russia

looked at Iran and provided Shahid 136 drones, marijuana was also asked for. Essentially to service their missiles but the fact is that

Russia

needs to be very careful how low it depletes its stock because of course it leaves the country vulnerable to attack from another nation if it goes too low yes we've been talking . we've talked a lot in recent weeks about the power of

Russia

n drones and where

they

get those drones from and their ability to make more

them

selves but what

they

really want is military

aircraft

yes one of the things we haven't reported. much of it is the

Russia

n Air Force that has not been dominant in this fight the

Russia

ns have not maintained air superiority over the

Ukraine

as a result of which

Ukraine

's airspace was an incredibly dangerous place for the

Russia

n Air Force The Ukrainian claims that

they

shot down 278

russia

n servicemen that number of planes to put in context is more than double the amount the soviets lost in their afghan war so its a big gap now none of this can be verified at this point so we have Than take it with wi It's a pinch of salt but even if it's close to true that leaves a huge hole in

Russia

's military capability and you can't go down to the supermarket to buy spare parts for these it takes years to

replace

and pilots take years . to train for

Russia

this is leaving some pretty big holes that will take a long time to fill for

Russia

's Putin okay Sean thanks we'll talk later in the show but that's the update on what's happening in

Ukraine

ukraine war russia losing aircraft faster than they can replace them
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