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Bitter blow for Putin: Russia's aviation suffers from series of breakdowns

2023-12-10T12:48:22.083Z

Highlights: Vladimir Putin is facing economic challenges because of the Ukraine war. Aviation is at risk – there is no improvement in sight for Putin. For 2023, the Kremlin chief announced economic growth of over three percent. Russia can look to the future without worry, according to the Kremlin. Russia is currently investing large parts of its economic output in armaments. In the long term risks the economic power of his country. Russia's president looks back on a sobering balance. Every day there are reports of Russia's losses in the Ukraine. war and problems at the front.



Status: 10.12.2023, 13:38 PM

By: Felix Busjaeger

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New trouble for Vladimir Putin: Russia's aviation is suffering from the Ukraine war. (Archive photo) © Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik Kremlin Pool via AP/dpa

Russia is facing economic challenges because of the Ukraine war. Aviation is at risk – there is no improvement in sight for Putin.

Moscow – In the Ukraine war, Russian President Vladimir Putin actually takes the position that Western sanctions are against his country – the economy would even grow. For 2023, the Kremlin chief announced economic growth of over three percent. Although the country is currently investing massive amounts of money in supplies for the war in Ukraine, according to the Kremlin, Russia can look to the future without worry. Nevertheless, at the end of the year, Russians are encouraged to save for Putin's Ukraine war.

Now there are new reports from the Ukraine war that cast doubt on Putin's statements. The reports concern Russia's aviation, which suffers conspicuously often from cancellations due to bottlenecks in the industry. There were similar problems months ago.

Sanctions due to Ukraine war: Russia's aviation with problems – Putin praises economy

Vladimir Putin's plans for 2024 are ambitious: While the Ukraine war has currently developed into a battle of materials, the Kremlin chief wants to run and win the Russian presidential election again next year. It was not until December 8 that he confirmed such rumours: "At different times I had different thoughts on the question. But I understand that it can't be any different today. So I'm going to run for president of Russia."

Putin has been in power in Russia for almost a quarter of a century and has steered the country's fortunes. When he ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, many expected a quick victory over Kyiv. Almost two years later, Russia's president looks back on a sobering balance: Every day there are reports of Russia's losses in the Ukraine war and problems at the front. Although it is said that supplies are not at risk, the Kremlin is repeatedly confronted with new rumours reporting on the situation in Russia.

Series of breakdowns in Russia: Ukraine war and sanctions are having an effect

Newsweek is currently reporting an accumulation of malfunctions in Russian aircraft. Allegedly, these are due to bottlenecks in the aviation industry. According to the report, the incidents have tripled within a year - and are probably related to imposed EU sanctions against Russia. Since the outbreak of the fighting, the West has repeatedly tightened its package of sanctions against the federation. The aim is to limit Putin's room for manoeuvre in the Ukraine war.

Since Russia is currently investing large parts of its economic output in armaments, experts recently estimated that Vladimir Putin can continue to maintain supplies, but in the long term risks the economic power of his country. Apparently, aviation is already affected. In recent months, there have been a large number of cases in which Russian passenger planes made an emergency landing from the country due to technical problems and a lack of spare parts.

Numerous failures in Putin's planes: Russia's aviation reports emergency landings and engine fires

The supply of spare parts for aircraft is currently proving difficult, the report continues. In addition to EU sanctions, the U.S. government has also blocked shipments of spare parts to Russia because of the Ukraine war. This approach hits Russian aviation deep to the core: Newsweek lists 60 incidents in commercial flight operations – in two months. Among other things, there are said to have been emergency landings, engine fires and malfunctions. In total, the number of failures this year amounts to more than 180.

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A free news group from Russia, Novaya Gazeta Europe, attributes the incidents in aviation mainly to machine problems. But even with the landing gear, which is essential for take-off and landing, there are always technical glitches.

Impact of Putin's Ukraine war: Russia tries to circumvent sanctions

While Vladimir Putin continues to wage war in Ukraine, the incidents put Russia's aviation in a bad light. Since the West has taken action against the Kremlin with sanctions, a dispute over leased aircraft has also swelled. Civil airlines have been circumventing return demands for two years and risk neglecting necessary maintenance work. As early as last March, Bloomberg reported on such practices.

In order to avoid repatriations, Russia's aviation relies on carrying out repairs and maintenance independently. However, apparently without much success. Kirill Yankov, chairman of the Russian passenger union, told the Russian news agency 74.ru that the increase in incidents in commercial aviation was due to a lack of spare parts and maintenance. In total, more than 70 aircraft are said to be unfit to fly due to failures since the sanctions were imposed. (fbu)

Source: merkur

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