Ukrainian Su-25 and MiG-29 fighters downed by Russian Su-35s
MOSCOW ($1=60.46 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced that two Su-25 and MiG-29 aircraft were destroyed. They belonged to the inventory of the Ukrainian Air Force. The two fighters were destroyed by a pair of Su-35s from the inventory of the Russian Air and Space Forces [VKS]. The information was released on November 14.
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Klim, commander of the Su-35S multi-role fighter says the downed Ukrainian warplanes were on combat duty/operation to protect Donbas airspace. Russian fighter jets intercepted them 200 km away. They were in a waiting position, Klim said, choosing the right moment for air acceleration. Thus, the Su-35 fighter jets have taken a combat course of attack.
Ukrainian fighter jets also performed acceleration in the air. Klim explains that the Su-35s illuminated the two fighters with their radar and fired air-to-air missiles. The missiles were beyond visual range. After the launch of the missiles, the Ukrainian aircraft tags [markers] disappeared from the radars of the Russian fighters. Information about downed Ukrainian planes was later confirmed by Russian intelligence. “Two aircraft were shot down, and the cover fighter left the escort area,” said an intelligence report.
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.
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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