Watch: Russian ‘Z’ marked Su-25 lands without landing gears

MOSCOW ($1=62.50 Russian Rubles) — A video of an emergency landing of a Russian Su-25 high-altitude interceptor with a marked “Z” tail has appeared on the Internet. When and where the emergency landing took place was not clear, but the “Z” marker on the tail means it was within the last ten months since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Watch: Russian 'Z' marked Su-25 lands without landing gears
Video screenshot

The video shows that the landing was an emergency, as the Su-25 did not open the landing gear at all. In this way, the aircraft directly lands on its belly, deploying the two stop-parachutes, which are supposed to reduce the speed. What the consequences of a belly landing are not clear, but experts say such a landing requires major repairs to the plane’s floor.

After successfully opening both parachutes, the Su-25 successfully decelerates and stops in place. It is noteworthy that despite the lack of open landing gear, the pilot successfully managed to land the plane without going off the runway. The landing gear problem may have been caused at the last moment before landing, as no emergency vehicles were seen around the runway.

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.

See what a Russian Su-25 after being hit by MANPADS looks like
Photo: Telegram

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.

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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