Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber was burned at Chelyabinsk airport

An incident occurred on January 4 wherein a Su-34 fighter-bomber belonging to the Russian Aerospace Forces [VKS] ignited into flames at the Shagol Airport based in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The Ukrainian publication RBC claimed this event, attributing the successful execution of the operation to the Ukrainian Intelligence Service [GUR]. 

Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber was burned at a Chelyabinsk airport
Photo credit: RBC

According to the source connected to the outlet, “The night of January 4 saw a Su-34 fighter-bomber ablaze at the Shagol Airport located in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The operation was in fact carried out by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, better known as the GUR.”

Shagol airport and Ukraine war

Shagol, located near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, is an important military site housing the 108th Training Aviation Regiment and the 2nd Mixed Aviation Regiment of the 21st Mixed Aviation Division. These regiments make up a vital part of the Russian Air Force operations. 

I want to draw your attention to an occurrence that took place on March 5, 2022. During this incident, a Russian Su-34 aircraft, which was orchestrating bombings on residential regions in the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, was shot down.

Despite the severity of the situation, the crew members successfully ejected. Sadly, however, one pilot lost his life, while Major Alexander Krasnoyartsev, the other pilot, was captured. A light amidst the tragedy, he was subsequently exchanged and released.

Russia acquired new Su-34Ms with rear-hemisphere scanning radar
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What is known about the Su-34

The Su-34 is a versatile fighter-bomber hailing from Soviet and Russian engineering prowess. 

This high-performance aircraft is adept at launching precise missile and bomb attacks on adversary ground objectives, be they operational or tactical. Remarkably, the Su-34 has the capacity to reach speeds approaching 1.9 thousand km/h and can ascend to altitudes as high as 14.6 km. 

Adding to its impressive capability, it can deploy strikes within a range of 150-600 km from the encounter line.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On February 21, 2022, Russia stated that its border facility was attacked by Ukrainian forces, resulting in the deaths of five Ukrainian fighters. However, Ukraine quickly dismissed these allegations, labeling them as ‘false flags’.

In a notable move on the same day, Russia announced it officially recognized the self-proclaimed areas of DPR and LPR. Interestingly, according to Russian President Putin, this recognition covered all the Ukrainian regions. Following this declaration, Putin sent a battalion of Russia’s military forces, tanks included, into these areas.

Fast forward to February 24, 2022, global headlines were dominated by a significant incident. Putin commanded a forceful military assault on Ukraine. Led by Russia’s impressive Armed Forces positioned at the Ukrainian border, this assault wasn’t spontaneous but a premeditated action. Despite the circumstances resembling a war, the Russian government refrains from using this term. They’d rather refer to it as a “special military operation”.


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