Ukraine celebrates shooting down Russian supersonic bomber

Ukraine celebrates shooting down Russian supersonic bomber

Russian fighter jets fire missiles at Ukraine in a nighttime airstrike. But one plane does not return from mission.

The Russian Air Force lost one of its Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic heavy bombers on Friday. While the Defense Ministry in Moscow spoke of a crash that was probably due to technical reasons, Ukraine claimed that it was a shoot-down. According to Moscow, the plane crashed in the Stavropol region of southern Russia while returning from a combat mission. The four-man crew saved themselves using the ejector seat. Three have been recovered and the fourth is being searched for. The plane had no ammunition on board.

Russian and Ukrainian military bloggers shared spectacular but unverified videos on social networks that purport to show the 42-meter-long long-range bomber spinning in the air with its engine burning. The commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Mykola Oleshchuk, said that it was the first time that such an aircraft had been shot down with a missile. The information provided by both sides about the incident could not be independently verified.

Ukraine claims to have shot down plane

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia used several Tu-22M3s in the combined missile and drone attack on Friday night. They fired six Ch-22 cruise missiles at Ukraine over the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov. Two of these cruise missiles were intercepted. The specified crash site in the Stavropol region is about 600 kilometers as the crow flies behind the front. The Ukrainian military intelligence service HUR explained that they had managed to shoot the Tupolev about 300 kilometers from Ukraine. The plane then flew further and crashed shortly before its base near Stavropol. This information could not be verified either.

According to Ukrainian information, Russia used a total of 22 rockets and cruise missiles of various types in the attack, 15 of which were shot down. All 14 attacking combat drones were also intercepted.

Source: Stern

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