The Ukrainian military have shot down Russia’s Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft near Kupiansk, Kharkiv Region.
The relevant statement was made by Yurii Kochevenko, an officer of the 95th Separate Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Just now near Kupiansk, Kharkiv Region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have destroyed Russia’s Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft,” Kochevenko wrote.
Ukrainian intelligence had intercepted radio transmissions between air traffic controllers and the pilot of a Russian Aerospace Forces’ Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback strike aircraft that was shot down over Ukraine.
In the chilling intercepted radio from Russian Su-34, a pilot screamed “…I’m shot down!, … So where are we going to jump, Pash?… pull!!!” before the transmission went silent.
Radio chatter between the pilot and air traffic control also reveals that the left engine of the aircraft “caught fire” in flight after being hit by a missile.
The audio was released by Ukrainian intelligence and has not been independently verified, but a military analyst said that the Russian Su-34 was shot down by a missile near the city of Kupyansk, Kharkiv region on 18 May.
The Sukhoi Su-34 is a modern Russian strike jet that was designed as a replacement for the Soviet-era Su-24 ‘Fencer’ in Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) service. It is equipped with 12 hardpoints for the carriage of a range of air-to-surface and air-to-air weaponry, including unguided, or ‘dumb’, weapons.
A reminder that, between February 24, 2022 and May 18, 2022, Russia’s total combat losses in the war against Ukraine reached about 28,300 troops.
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