Russia: ‘Ukraine killed its own MiG-29, we just slightly intervened’

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Ukraine itself shot down its MiG-29 fighter on January 8 over Donetsk. This was announced by the Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of the State Duma of Russia, Mr. Dmitry Sablin. According to his statement, the Ukrainian Osa air defense system intercepted the plane and destroyed it. “We got slightly involved only,” says Mr. Sablin.

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BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Mr. Sablin is currently at the front. He is the commander of the Sablin Kaskad Army Reserve unit located in Donetsk. This is not the first time that Ukraine has shot down its fighter jet. At the beginning of the war over Kyiv, the Ukrainians shot down one of their Su-27s. However, the news that the Ukrainian air defense units themselves shot down their MiG-29 on January 8 has not been confirmed by Ukraine, nor by a third non-Russian source. The claims so far are only those of Mr. Sablin, and even the Ministry of Defense of Russia has not issued an official opinion on the matter.

Something more. The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that it was the Russian Aerospace Forces that shot down the MiG-29, along with four other fighters. All this happened on January 8th, immediately after the expiration of the Russian ceasefire.

Ukrainian MiG-29s

The MiG-29 remains the main manned fighter class of the Ukrainian Air Force. Although Ukraine harbors hopes of receiving attack bombers or fighter jets from the West, it will most likely receive the promised MiGs from Poland and Slovakia this year.

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The MiG-29 of the Ukrainian Air Force, despite its advanced age, is more combat capable than the Ukrainian Su-27 and Su-24M. This fighter compared to the other two has lower operating costs. Despite being heavier than the Su-27 and Su-24M, the Ukrainian MiG-29 can take off from improvised runways. This makes it much more suitable for use in the current conditions in Ukraine. It is for these reasons, some sources claim, that Russia may still be able to disrupt the operational capability of the Ukrainian MiG-29s.

Ukraine has no new MiG-29 variants. Its MiG-29s are obsolete variants that remain superior in the air. Ukraine’s MiG-29s not only have outdated weapons but lack any weapons at all, currently relying solely on Western supplies and successful integrations in Poland.

Ghost of Kyiv

At the beginning of the war, the so-called “Ghost of Kyiv” piloted a Ukrainian MiG-29. The “Ghost of Kyiv” is said to have achieved many air-to-air victories. Although the Western media began to widely cover “this hero”, Ukraine officially recognized that the “Ghost of Kyiv” does not exist.

BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced on January 8, the Russian Air and Space Forces [VKS] shot down five Ukrainian warplanes. It is about one Su-24 attack aircraft, one Su-27 supermaneuverable fighter aircraft, one Mig-29 fighter jet, and two Su-25 jet aircraft, the Russian Ministry announced.

Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Su-27 was shot down over Lozovoe, Kharkiv region. The other four aircraft were shot down over Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, the villages of Mykolapoliye, Novi Donbas, and Veselee in the Donetsk People’s Republic [DNR].

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling destroyed an FSB facility. This building was on the Russia Ukraine border. Russia claims that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

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On the same day, Russia formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. Trying to protect them, 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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