According to the latest UK Defence Intelligence update dated 17 May 2023, the airspace over the Russia-Ukraine border has seen an increase in conflict over the past week.
An incident occurred on 13 May 2023 when four Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) aircraft, two advanced combat jets and two helicopters, crashed in Russia’s Bryansk region.
It is strongly suggested that these aircraft were shot down, signifying an escalation in the aerial conflict.
Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 17 May 2023.
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On 3 May 2023, Ukraine made a significant advance in the conflict. For the first time, Ukrainian forces successfully shot down a KILLJOY (Kh-47M2 Kinzhal) air-launched ballistic missile. The Defence Intelligence update noted, “Subsequently, Russia has prioritised attempting to neutralise Ukraine’s improved air defence capabilities, but in the process has likely lost several more KILLJOY.”
In an unexpected twist, the KILLJOY system, previously deemed as ‘undefeatable’ by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has demonstrated vulnerabilities.
The Defence Intelligence update noted, “The apparent vulnerability of KILLJOY is likely a surprise and an embarrassment for Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin has touted the system as undefeatable.”