Watch: Supersonic Su-34 (20 red) Fullback shot down over Kharkiv

KYIV ($1=36.65 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A combat aircraft from the inventory of the Russian Aerospace Forces was shot down over Kharkiv, Ukraine. The aircraft is a twin-engine Su-34 fighter-bomber with the Russian Aerospace Forces identification number 20-red. [Read all about Su-34 Fullback here]

Watch: Supersonic Su-34 (20 red) aircraft shot down over Kharkiv
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There is no information on when exactly the fighter bomber was shot down. The video has been going viral since today, September 11, on social media [video is available also here]. The fighter plane crashed in a wooded area. There is no information about the pilot – there are three possibilities: he survived the ejection, he was captured, or he died.

The video shows extensive damage following a missile strike and the plane falling to the ground. Both engines were completely destroyed. The body of the aircraft was burnt, the avionics were scattered in small parts, and the pilot’s seat and cabin were also burnt.

Russia acquired new Su-34Ms with rear-hemisphere scanning radar
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There is no information on which weapon system was used to bring down the plane. There are also several possibilities – an anti-aircraft missile system, mobile air defense, and if the Su-34 was flying low – it is possible that it was hit with a portable anti-aircraft missile system. The Ukrainian armed forces have a large selection of delivered portable anti-aircraft missile systems. One of them is the American FIM-92 Stinger.

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. Moscow also 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. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

Ukraine fires VILKHA missiles with momentum-increasing micromotors
Photo credit: YouTube

On 24 February 2022, 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. The invasion followed also by targeted tanks entering via Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.

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