The Ukrainian border guards shot down a Russian Su-34 fighter aircraft on the outskirts of Bakhmut, Donetsk region. Both pilots didn’t survive as the aircraft went into flame quickly.
“With an accurate shot, MANPADS squad landed the occupiers’ ‘bird’ as soon as it appeared near the positions of the Border Guard Service members,” the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine posted on Facebook. The border used a U.S.-supplied stinger missile to shoot down the aircraft.
The Service informs that this is one of the aircraft that has repeatedly flown over Bakhmut.
“The fate of the pilots is currently unknown, and the cost of the destroyed plane is estimated at $50 million,” border guards report.
In the past week, the Ukrainian military has shot down two Russian aircraft on the Lysychansk and Bakhmut frontline on 28 November, Yurii Ihnat, Spokesperson for the Air Force of Ukraine, said in a statement.
The Sukhoi Su-34 is a Soviet-origin Russian twin-engine, twin-seat, all-weather supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber/strike aircraft. It first flew in 1990, intended for the Soviet Air Forces, and it entered service in 2014 with the Russian Air Force.
Russia’s Su-34 Fullback fighter/bomber jet is in many ways a reworking of the older Su-27 model, but it includes some shockingly homey features, like a “toilet” and a “kitchenette.”
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