Ukrainian Anti-air Missile Downed Russian Su-34 Bomber In Kharkiv Region

The anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have shot down Russia’s Su-34 bomber aircraft in Kharkiv Region.

The relevant statement was made by the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Telegram, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

“At about 10:00 a.m., June 12, 2022, the anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit Russia’s Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft near Izium, Kharkiv Region,” the report states.

The aircraft crashed in the temporarily occupied area. Information about pilots is yet to be checked.

In addition, on June 12, 2022, the Ukrainian anti-aircraft gunners destroyed Russia’s Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicle, and the Ukrainian combat aircrafts completed several air missions, launching air strikes on the positions of Russian occupation forces. As a result, an enemy rocket and artillery ammunition depot was destroyed.

A reminder that, between February 24, 2022 and June 13, 2022, Russia’s total combat losses in Ukraine reached about 42,300 troops.

There is plentiful evidence of wrecked Su-34s online. According to open-source pictures collected by the Oryx blog, at least nine Su-34s can be confirmed as shot down by Ukrainian forces.  

The Su-34 has a pilot and co-pilot sitting side by side. The co-pilot also handles navigation and weapons systems. This is a large cockpit, and the crew can even stand up inside and lie down in a rest area complete with a toilet. 

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