Three in a day: Two MiG-29s and one Su-25 were shot down by SAMs

Three fighters were shot down within hours. These are two MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters and one Su-25 Frogfoot. The three planes are part of Ukraine’s combat aviation. The fighters were shot down by surface-to-air missiles [SAMS] of Russian anti-aircraft systems.

MiG-29 can't shoot anything down with its 40-year-old radar
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The Russian Defense Ministry did not say which anti-aircraft system[s] shot down the three Ukrainian fighters. But it confirms that the two MiG-29s were shot down “near the settlements of Ulyanovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Mirolyubovka in the Kherson region.” The third fighter, Su-25 was shot down near the village of Veletenskoye, Kherson region.

In recent weeks, the Russian Federation has stepped up both missile attacks on Ukrainian targets and airstrikes on land and air targets. We remind you that around April 21-22, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced the downing of a total of four fighters within seven days. Then two MiG-29s were also shot down, as well as two MiG-25s. MiGs were shot down on 19 April in the Novoukrainka and Sergevka areas, while Su-25s were shot down around Dolgenkoye [Kharkiv Oblast] and Ugledar in the DPR.

Earlier in January, it was reported that the Russian Airspace Forces[VKS] downed five combat aircraft in just one day. Then it was about Su-24, Su-27, MiG-29 and two Su-25s

Today’s announced downed Ukrainian fighter jets have clearly entered the range of Russian air defenses deployed along the front line and more specifically protecting the mentioned higher regions. This most likely means that they were on patrol missions in the region, or were sent on an attack mission. However, the four launchers shot down in April were “caught” in the air by Russian fighters and were shot down by air-to-air missiles.

Russian pilots shot down a Ukrainian Su-25 in the sky over the DPR
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The fact that today’s downed planes allowed themselves to be intercepted by Russian air defense is worrying. Of course, Russia has the full capabilities to intercept these planes. However, has repeatedly reported that Ukraine’s allies conduct reconnaissance and surveillance using early-warning aircraft, drones, and even F-35s.

In this regard, when the Russian air defenses turn on their radars, they would immediately indicate the geolocation of the place where the air defense system is located. I.e. the Allies would easily transfer the data to the Ukrainian Air Force.

This raises the question of whether today’s downed aircraft were attacked by the S-300 systems. Russia has much more modernized S-300s than Ukraine with much better capabilities. An F-35 pilot from the US Air Force spoke about one such capability. Recently in an interview, he said that when he was conducting reconnaissance, despite the preset data of the deployed S-300s [in Belarus], his fighter was unable to recognize the system. According to the pilot, it is about the “a war reserve mode” of the S-300, which is “unknown to us”, as the pilot put it.

S-300PMU-1 missile defense system
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The downing of the three fighter jets today is bad news for Kyiv. Mr. Zelensky continues to ask Washington to allow the re-export of US F-16 fighter jets. There are reports that two Ukrainian pilots are in the United States to test their ability to fly the American fourth-generation fighter jet. According to Ukraine’s defense minister, its pilots are capable of training to fly the F-16 within six to eight weeks.

However, Washington at the moment categorically refuses the delivery of fighter jets. A situation Washington has already been in when it refused delivery of Abrams tanks. But as we know, this “problem” was overcome. The world expects the same to happen with the issue of F-16 delivery to Ukraine.

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.

Russia struck an airbase after an attempt to seize a Russian fighter
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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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