Russian Su-27 was set on fire at an airport near Vladivostok

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — According to the Ukrainian Legion of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Freedom of Russia”, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet was set on fire. The Legion is circulating a video online that it claims is the aircraft in question.

According to Freedom of Russia, the plane was set on fire at Tsentralnaya Uglovaya airport near Artyom town [near Vladivostok] of Primorsk region of Russia. At the moment, there is no official confirmation from the Russian side.

The video shows the fire moving along the ground until it reaches the front landing gear of an aircraft [it is not clear if it is a Su-27]. According to the recorded video footage, it is clear that the sabotage was carried out after an incendiary liquid was spilled on the ground.

About the Legion of Freedom of Russia

Freedom of Russia is a Ukrainian legion created in 2022 after the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine. The Legion was created on March 10th. According to the founders of Freedom of Russia, the legion consisted of two battalions.

Russian Su-27 was set on fire at an airport near Vladivostok
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According to the legionary manifesto, the ideology is that of a free man of New Russia. The legion’s insignia is white-blue-white, which contrasts with the Russian official flag’s white-blue-red. The main goal of the legion is to overthrow “Vladimir Putin’s regime”.

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.

Su-27 Flanker fighter jet
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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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