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Russia’s air force may soon hit Ukraine at a higher level, a former F-22 fighter pilot told Fox News on Tuesday.
“I think in the next 72 hours we will see a fundamentally different picture for the Ukrainian Air Force, and I expect the Russian Air Force to see a higher level,” said Dan Robinson, Royal Air, a veteran of the force and a former pilot said Tuesday night. F-22 fighter.
Russian forces intensified attacks on crowded urban areas of Ukraine, including bombing a TV tower in the capital Kiev and continued shelling in Kharkov.
However, the airspace over Ukraine remains disputed and Ukrainian air and missile systems remain “viable and intact,” a senior U.S. Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.
“The main thing, however, is what awaits us? You have to wonder if the Russian Air Force will appear in time, ”Robinson told Fox News. – That’s the real question.
“As to why they haven’t appeared so far, there is speculation about the actual capabilities of the Russian Air Force compared to the perceived capabilities of what they have,” Robinson said.
“There is speculation about the lack of sophisticated ammunition with accurate guidance and target designs that allow to some extent to resist and maintain range,” he continued. “Without them, they must be close and personal, which draws them into the range of things like Stinger missiles, which Ukrainian soldiers can act on the ground.”
Robinson said the introduction of a no-fly zone over Ukraine would lead to a direct conflict between NATO pilots and Russian pilots.
“It’s extremely problematic in terms of the escalating nature of what it could be,” he told Fox News.
President Biden stated that American forces will not be used inside Ukraine, and the possibility of a no-fly zone is not being considered.