Ukrainian Patriot Missiles Shot Down Two More Su-34 in Avdiivka and Mariupol. 14 Aircraft Downed in 12 Days

Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Oleksandr Syrskyi has confirmed the destruction of two Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers in the Avdiivka and Mariupol directions.

He said this in a post on Facebook, according to Ukrinform.

“On the night of February 29, after successful combat operations against enemy aircraft, two more Russian aircraft were destroyed: Su-34 fighter-bombers in the Avdiivka and Mariupol sectors,” Syrskyi said and thanked the Ukrainian military for the combat work.

As reported by Ukrinform, Ukrainian Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleshchuk confirmed the downing of an enemy Su-34 fighter-bomber in the east of the country on February 29.

Ukraine’s armed forces have shot down 14 Russian military aircraft in 12 days, according to Kyiv’s military.

“A new day—a new destroyed russian plane,” Ukraine’s defense ministry said in a post on social media on Thursday morning local time. “Ukrainian warriors shot down a Su-34 fighter-bomber in the eastern direction. Maybe russia has started using the tactics of kamikaze planes.”

There has been a recent uptick in the number of Russian military jets Ukraine has claimed to have downed. Kyiv’s military said in an update on Thursday that Moscow has so far lost 348 aircraft since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Commenting on the recent string of losses for Moscow, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs, said that Ukrainian forces had destroyed 14 Russian aircraft in 12 days: seven Su-34s, two Su-35 fighters and an A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft, although in fact, as of 29 February, Ukraine claims to have downed 14 aircraft in the last 12 days.

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