Russian pilots shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 in the sky over the DPR

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Fighter jets of the Aerospace Forces [VKS] of the Russian Federation shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 military aircraft in the sky over the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR]. This was announced on Thursday, January 19, at a briefing by the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.

Russian pilots shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 in the sky over the DPR
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“Fighter aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the area of ​​the settlement of Poltavka of the Donetsk People’s Republic shot down a Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force in the air,” Konashenkov said.

Other targets destroyed

He also said that Russian troops continue successful offensive operations in the Donetsk direction, inflicting a defeat on the Armed Forces of Ukraine [AFU] in the area of three settlements in the DPR.

Konashenkov also said that an ammunition depot of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was destroyed near the city of Karlovka in the DPR, and a US-made AN / TPQ-50 counter-battery radar station was destroyed near the city of Kurakhovo.

It also became known that the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Krasnolimansk direction per day exceeded 60 soldiers killed and wounded. In the Kupyansk and Krasnolimansk directions, Ukraine lost 90 people killed and wounded during the same time.

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.

Russian fighters into air defense range of Alaska and Canada - NORAD
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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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