4.5-Gen Su-35 on SEAD mission was shot down over Ukraine by SAM
KYIV, ($1=29.45 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The Ukrainian air defense has shot down the Russian fighter of generation 4 ++ [4.5 generation] and the main fighter aircraft of the Russian aviation Su-35S Flanker-E, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing its own, Russian and Ukrainian sources.
The fighter jet was hit and shot down in the sky over the Izyum region in eastern Ukraine, about 120 km from Kharkiv. The pilot ejected but was captured by the Ukrainian armed forces. They managed to intercept a conversation of the Russian military, which was preparing to organize a rescue mission by helicopter to take the pilot out of Ukrainian territory but were overtaken by the Ukrainians.
Experts claim that the pilot and his Su-35S Flanker-E were on a SEAD mission – Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses. These are military tactics used by all air forces around the world whose goal is not only to suppress air defense such as destroying various missiles but also to disrupt the communication and radar capabilities of an anti-aircraft missile battery.
Experts support the claim that the Russian fighter was supposed to destroy an air defense system based on the remains found in the field. They clearly show the remains of the Russian air-to-surface missile Kh-31P, which has a passive seeker head for use as an anti-radiation missile.
The downed Su-35S Flanker-E was the first documented downed fighter of its kind in the Ukrainian war.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
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