Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and military officials said Friday that Ukrainian forces shot down three Russian Sukhoi Su-34 tactical bombers in the south of the country. These fighter jets may have been affected by the Patriot Air Defense System.
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This would be a huge setback. The Ukrainian Air Force said it shot down three Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers in the south of the country on Friday, December 22, in what President Volodymyr Zelensky said happened in the conflict-ridden Kherson region.
“At noon today, three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers were shot down in the southern operational zone,” Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk announced in a telegram.
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“None of them will go unpunished”
In his speech on Friday evening, President Zelensky made it clear that these planes were shot down by missiles, and “I thank our soldiers who destroyed three Russian Sukhoi planes at once. In the south – in our region of Kherson.
“Let every Russian pilot know about our response to every Russian killer – none of them will go unpunished,” said Volodymyr Zelensky.
The Air Force did not specify the fate of the pilots of the planes.
Russian officials did not immediately confirm the incident. But the influential Russian military blog Fighterbomber cited “combat losses” for the US-supplied Patriot air defense system.
With Reuters and AFP