Ukrainian General assesses likelihood of Russian airstrikes against Ukraine

15:20, 29 December 2016
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The use of Russian combat aircraft in the war in Donbas cannot be ruled out: jets can engage if the conflict "extends," according to a Ukrainian Lieutenant-General (Retd) Dmytro Umanets, Obozrevatel reports.

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Answering the question on whether the Russian air forces will be involved in the Donbas war, he said: "This is a very difficult question, and it requires a lot of attention. While we have more or less strengthened our defenses, everything regarding the use of warplanes is a very difficult question. If the aggression moves further, if the conflict extends... I will not be talking about this situation, but, as a military, I understand that if some means have exhausted themselves and haven't allowed to defeat the enemy, the leaders start using other means and forces to suppress the enemy. It's natural."

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According to Umanets, on the border with Russia, there should be created "a field, which not even a drone could fly through " and "a powerful group of anti-aircraft missile troops, aimed to suppress any attempts of the enemy to attack our cities, our country, and our people."

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