Ukraine shot down two Su-25 fighter jets and one Ka-52 helicopter using RBS-70 MANPAD

On May 13, 2024, Ukrainian forces from the 110th Separate Mechanized Brigade claimed to have shot down two Russian Su-25 attack aircraft using Swedish-made RBS-70 man-portable anti-air missile in the Avdiivka direction of Donetsk Oblast.

Ukrainian forces have reported downing multiple Russian aircraft over the past day, including two Su-25 fighter jets and a Ka-52 attack helicopter. This follows a recent trend of Ukraine downing several Russian aircraft, with significant losses for Russia, including the third Su-25 jet aircraft in two weeks and the fourth in the Donetsk region in recent days.

The 110th Separate Mechanized Brigade, named after General Marko Bezruchko, has successfully downed a Russian SU-25 attack aircraft using Swedish-made RBS-70 MANPAD in the Avdiivka direction, marking another significant achievement in aerial defense by Ukrainian forces.

According to the General Staff, Russia has already lost 348 aircraft and 345 helicopters in its war against Ukraine. According to Ukrainian intelligence, at the outset of the full-scale invasion, Russia had approximately 1500 combat aircraft.

According to the brigade’s report, “The downfall of Russian aircraft continues. Once again, our anti-aircraft gunners have done an excellent job by striking down another SU-25 today. The occupiers still haven’t realized that they shouldn’t be flying in our sky. They will keep falling.”

This development follows a similar incident reported exactly a week ago, on May 4, when President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the same brigade had shot down another Russian SU-25 in Donetsk region, underlining a persistent pattern of Ukrainian capability in defending its airspace against Russian air assaults.

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