While covering a bomber, a Su-35 shot down a Ukrainian plane

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — A Russian Su-35S fighter jet has detected and destroyed an aircraft of the armed forces of Ukraine during a combat patrol of the war zone, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced.

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When patrolling in the specific area, Su-35S multirole fighters covered the actions of bombers and attack aircraft. At the same time, Russian helicopters took advantage of the dominance of the Su-35C in the air and attacked positions and equipment of the armed forces of Ukraine, the military explained. The Russian Su-35 was armed with cruise missiles of various classes.

The fighter captured in the video is armed for all occasions: there are four medium- and short-range air-to-air missiles under the wings and fuselage, a Kh-31 missile under the left wing, and in the rear, between the engine nacelles, a large ammunition can be seen, strongly reminiscent of the hypersonic range record holder, the R-37M air-to-air missile. In total, the Su-35S can carry up to 8 tons of weapons on 12 reinforcement points.

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.

While covering a bomber, a Su-35 shot down a Ukrainian plane
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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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