Armed Forces of Ukraine have reduced the number of Bayraktar sorties in Donbas: what is the reason for this

In addition, the number of air operations has been reduced to 20-30 sorties per day.

Russia has strengthened air defense over the Donbass / photo UNIAN, Vladimir Strumkovsky
Russia has strengthened air defense over the Donbass / photo UNIAN, Vladimir Strumkovsky

The Armed Forces of Ukraine have reduced the number of sorties of Turkish Bayraktar strike UAVs in the east of the country due to powerful Russian air defense.

This is discussed in the report of the American Institute for the Study of War. Analysts cite Foreign Policy material written by anonymous Ukrainian officials and the military.

Ukrainian officials are reportedly growing concerned that US-provided Gray Eagle attack drones will also be shot down by enhanced Russian air defenses over the Donbass.

In addition, the number of air operations has been reduced to 20-30 sorties per day. The Armed Forces of Ukraine faced a shortage of aircraft for active pilots. 

“Russian forces are likely prioritizing the deployment of air defenses in eastern Ukraine in order to nullify Ukrainian operations and protect artillery systems on which Russian forces depend in the offensive. However, Ukrainian aircraft and armed drones continue to operate elsewhere, having inflicted over the past week several successful strikes against targets in the Kherson region,” analysts from the Institute for the Study of War comment.

It is noted that the Ukrainian forces did not strike at the Russian infrastructure for several weeks. But the attack on the oil depot in the Rostov region is likely an attempt to disrupt Russian logistics and fuel supply to Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.

(C)UNIAN 2022

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