Inside Russia’s Failure To Control Ukrainian Airspace

damaged Sukhoi Su-25
A heavily damaged Sukhoi Su-25 from Chernigovka in far eastern Russia landed in Belarus less than a month into the war.
Credit: Russian Defense Ministry
In more than two months of fighting in Ukraine, Russia has failed to control the airspace, despite dedicating a significant portion of its main aviation assets to the war. About 60-70% of all Sukhoi Su-25s, Su-34s, Su-30SMs and Su-35S squadrons of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) and the navy’s...

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