When Russia launched a full-scale invasion, the sky above Kieu saw a fierce aerial battle, the Ukrainian Air Force reveals


Ukrainian fighters of the Ukrainian Territory Defense Corps carry debris from a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber shot down at Chernihiv on April 6, 2022 (illustrated image).

Ukrainian fighters of the Ukrainian Territory Defense Corps carry debris from a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber shot down at Chernihiv on April 6, 2022 (illustrated image).

However, although the Ukrainian Air Force was promoting the legend of Kyiv’s ghosts at the time, in reality there was no “ace pilot”. He supported the collective efforts of 40 people.th A tactical aircraft brigade that protects the sky of the capital.

Nevertheless, the actual feat of the Ukrainian Air Force in the first few days of the war is as impressive as the fictional achievement of “Ghost of Kyiv” because Russia tried to establish the Air Force’s dominance over Ukraine but failed. It is a target. Yuriy Ignat said at a press conference on June 14.

The aerial battle at the time of the war was fierce, as the Russian invaders had a considerable advantage in the air: sometimes it was six Russian planes against one Ukrainian plane, and sometimes one. Was 10, Ignat said.

Now the situation is different. He said the Russian army is currently wary of approaching the Ukrainian Air Force in the air, avoiding close contact in all situations that arise.

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“Kyiv is protected by 4th The image of the tactical aircraft brigade, and the ghost of Kyiv, takes its roots from it, “said Ignat.

“It’s a collective image of our pilots. At that time, they were (supported by 39).th Zhytomyr Oblast Brigade) faced the most difficult part of working in the air. They had a mission to protect the capital, which was the priority goal of the invaders. “

An Air Force spokesman also told the press about the aerial war that led to the death of Major Olexander Brinzar, who was declared a Ukrainian hero after his death.

“This one case was when two Ukrainian Mig-29 planes flew in the air to intercept four Russian high-tech fighter-bombers,” Ignat said.

“But it turned out that there were actually 12 Russian planes. So, first there were 4 targets, then 12 targets. But our pilot did not retreat, We just started fighting. As a result of this fight we lost pilot Olexander Brinzal – he died heroically. The second pilot returned to the base after completing his mission. The enemy lost three expensive high-tech planes. “

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Russia has shot down a total of 213 planes, 179 helicopters, 588 drones and 125 cruise missiles since the start of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to Ukrainian general staff. The list of other Russian losses is even longer.

The legendary Ukrainian promotion of “Ghost of Kyiv” was so good that we also covered Times, one of Britain’s leading daily newspapers.

The April 29 newspaper, citing Ukraine’s own sources, reported that the “Ghost of Kyiv” was finally shot down, but not before defeating 40 Russian fighters in the air. The newspaper named the ace pilot 29-year-old Major Stepan Tarabarka.

The commander of the Ukrainian Air Force later denied the claim, stating that “Ghost of Kyiv” represents a collective image of 40 people.th Tactical Aircraft Brigade.