Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made a resolute declaration today, affirming that Russian air defense systems are fully capable of intercepting and neutralizing all the F-16 fighter jets pledged to Ukraine. Shoigu substantiated this claim by highlighting recent statistical data that underscores the formidable efficacy of Russian air defenses.
According to him, Russian air defense forces accomplished an astounding feat by intercepting and neutralizing a staggering 1,400 Ukrainian targets during the month of October. Addressing an audience in Moscow, Minister Shoigu elaborated on the remarkable accomplishments of the Russian air defense.
Among the impressive count of downed aerial targets were 37 Ukrainian aircraft and 6 ATACMS missiles, which succumbed to their fate in intense aerial skirmishes throughout the month. Shoigu underscored the stark disparity between the number of Ukrainian aircraft downed in October and the quantity of F-16s that Ukraine is poised to receive.
This stark contrast serves as a testament to the potency of Russian air defense capabilities. "I would like to point out that the 37 aircraft (which were shot down by the Russian air defense in the last month) are almost twice as many as the F-16 aircraft that are guaranteed to Ukraine.
That is, with such operation of our air defense system, we will annihilate them within a mere 20 days of operation," he affirmed confidently.
Several Western nations had agreed to facilitate the transfer of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine
Furthermore, Minister Shoigu drew attention to the dire situation in Ukraine.
He emphasized that Ukraine's resources are dwindling, their soldiers are grappling with demoralization, and despite the inflow of new weaponry from NATO allies, the Ukrainian military is encountering setbacks and retreating.
In a related context, in August, President Volodymyr Zelensky had made an announcement during his visit to Denmark and the Netherlands. He revealed that, with the permission of the United States, several Western nations had agreed to facilitate the transfer of F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, setting the stage for the current discourse on the capabilities of Russian air defense systems.
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