Russia's Aerospace Forces and air defense units have destroyed the entire qualified flight personnel of the Air Force of Ukraine, a source in military and diplomatic circles told TASS.
Kyiv attracted former cadets of the Kharkiv Military Institute of the Air Force of Ukraine for combat missions, and there was no time to finish their training, the unnamed source said.
Currently, there is no time, no kerosene and no aircraft to complete their training. Western countries promised to supply new Soviet-made combat aircraft to Kyiv. However, it appears that those were nothing but promises, the source said.
"They get shot down if not on the first, then already on the second sortie," the source said.
In addition, the source added, attempts to contract pilots from Poland and other Eastern European countries who could be capable of piloting Ukraine's Soviet-made MiG-29, Su-27 and Su-25 aircraft were unsuccessful.
"Few of those who agreed are already in graves and hospitals," the source told TASS. "There are no new people who would want to earn posthumous insurance and compensations for funeral services,” the source said.
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