At some point, someone in a position of power in Russia is going to have to admit that their invasion of Ukraine has been an abject failure.
This is the sort of military mess that will demote Vladimir Putin’s standing in the grand global order, as it has already let the cat out of the bag regarding Russia’s ability to defend herself. The Kremlin’s troops are mutinying, surrendering, and deserting at a record clip, Putin can’t even figure out how to properly test his most powerful weapons, and now it is being reported that Russia is afraid of even sending their best fighter jets to Ukraine as they are likely to be shot out of the sky.
Russia is holding back on using its most advanced fighter jets over Ukrainian airspace because it’s scared they’ll get shot down, the UK’s defense ministry said on Monday.Advertisement - story continues below
In its latest intelligence update, the defense ministry said Moscow had “almost certainly” used Su-57 Felon fighter jets to conduct missions against Ukraine since at least June.
“These missions have likely been limited to flying over Russian territory, launching long range air-to-surface or air-to-air missiles into Ukraine,” the brief said.Trending:
It suggested that Russia’s keeping its jets on home soil because it’s “avoiding the reputational damage, reduced export prospects, and the compromise of sensitive technology which would come from any loss of FELON over Ukraine.”
This hasn’t stopped the Kremlin from making some absurd and easily debunked claims, however.
Russia’s defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, said in August that the Felon had already been used “brilliantly” in combat since Russia’s invasion, though there was little evidence at the time that this was the case.
The news comes just days after it was reported that Russia is preparing to mobilize another half-million citizen troops to act as cannon fodder in Ukraine – a move that could conjure serious resistance in Russia.