Russia and Ukraine lost one Su-25 Grach each in the same day
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — The Russian Aerospace Forces [VKS] and the Ukrainian Air Force each lost one Su-25 Grach on the same day. The Russian Ministry of Defense reports both news.
As a result of the crash of the Su-25 of the Air Force of the Russian Federation in the Belgorod region, a pilot died. This was announced by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on Thursday, February 23. “After completing a combat mission, while returning to the base airport in the Belgorod Region, the Su-25 of the Russian Air Force crashed. The pilot died, the plane crashed in a deserted area, and there was no damage to the ground,” the department noted.
From there they specified that the plane crashed in a deserted area, and there was no damage on the ground. The Russian media Izvestia published a photo from the scene of the accident. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the cause of the disaster was a technical malfunction.
Later, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that in the Kherson region, Russian air defense systems shot down a Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force. “Air defense systems shot down a Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force near the village of Kizomys in the Kherson region,” said the spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Defense.
A day earlier, on February 22, a representative of the Russian emergency services told reporters that a Ukrainian Su-25 flying to attack Novaya Kakhovka was shot down over Kherson by a Verba man-portable anti-aircraft missile complex [MANPADS].
Ukraine is shelling
At the same time, Izvestia’s source in the emergency services said that the armed forces of Ukraine continue to shell the civilian infrastructure of the settlements on the left bank of the Kherson region. According to him, the Golaya Pristan area was subjected to the most powerful shelling. The armed forces of Ukraine have fired 26 projectiles from a cannon at the settlement.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed 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.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. 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, 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, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.
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