However, military expert Serhiy Grabsky believes that the loss of first-class pilots could be of greater significance.
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“The enemy simply has more physical aircraft,” Grabsky told Radio NV on May 1.
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“We are now waging desperate air battles. In terms of the number of aircraft, we actually destroyed more than five air regiments. But it’s not about planes, it’s about crews. The enemy is suffering from loss of quality for its aircraft because its first-class pilots have been knocked out. “
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That is why, in his opinion, Russia has reduced its previously intensified air strikes against Ukraine.
“Historically, Russia has not attached much importance to the air force,” he explained.
“The Russian hinterland in terms of pilots is very small. And it takes five to seven years of hard work and tens of thousands of millions of dollars to train a good pilot (not just takeoff and landing). And the fact that we shot at least one plane down every day, shows that our air defense system and our air force continue to operate and protect our skies. ”