WASHINGTON DC, The United States – The US portal We Are The Mighty included the Ukrainian Air Force in the list of the ten worst in the world in 2018 due to outdated technology, poor flight crew training and poor maintenance.
In the anti-rating portal, the Ukrainian Air Force ranks sixth, between Iran and Pakistan. In addition to these countries, the top ten also include the Air Force Canada, China, Greece, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Syria.
According to the article, during the conflict in Donbass, Ukrainian aviation “killed civilians” or their planes were shot down during missions. At the same time, the portal indicates that the country’s Air Force has not been able to resist the militias in the east of the country.
Ukrainian airplanes crash without the help of the enemy, notes the portal, recalling the case of a Su-27 plane crash last year that killed an American pilot as well as the tragedy in Lviv in 2002 when 83 people died as a result a Ukrainian Su-27 downing over a crowd of viewers during an aerial display.
The reason for such incidents is the bad maintenance of the equipment, the bad training of the Ukrainian pilots, as well as their “recklessness”, believes the author.
In addition, most aircraft that are in service of the Ukrainian Air Force were produced in the USSR and have a respectable age, he says.
When Russia, after the “annexation of the Crimea”, captured 45 Ukrainian planes, it probably performed a tremendous service to the country, concludes We Are The Mighty.
The Crimea reunited with Russia in 2014 after a referendum in which more than 90% of the residents voted for reunification. However, Kiev still considers the peninsula as Ukrainian territory.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly stressed that reunification occurred in a legal manner, in accordance with international law.