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World War III: Russian military neutralize Ukraine’s air defense capability as Ukraine claim to have shot down 5 Russian planes and 1 attack helicopter



Russian military says its has neutralized Ukraine’s air defense capability
Russia’s defence ministry said Thursday it had neutralised Ukrainian military airbases and its air defence systems, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military offensive against his country’s neighbour, reports AFP..

“Military infrastructure at Ukrainian army air bases has been rendered out of action,” the defence ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies, which added that Kyiv’s air defence systems were “eliminated”.

Putin made early call to Belarus leader about Ukraine attack
Russian President Vladimir Putin made an early morning call to his Belarusian counterpart Thursday, informing him that Moscow was launching a military operation on Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko’s office said.

“Around 5 am (0200 GMT) today there was a telephone conversation between the presidents of Belarus and Russia,” Lukashenko’s office said. “During the call, Vladimir Putin informed his Belarusian colleague about the situation on the border with Ukraine and in Donbas,”

The Kremlin had no statement on the call.

Ukrainians claim to have shot down 5 Russian planes and 1 attack helicopter
Ukraine military says five Russian planes and a Russian helicopter were shot down in Luhansk region as per Reuters report.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has claimed five Russian aircraft and a helicopter were shot down early Thursday, as Russian forces attacked Ukraine.

The Russian military has denied the claims, state news agency TASS reported on Thursday.

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