Russian air defense allegedly neutralizes two MiG-29s in a day

As reported by the Russian Defense Ministry, their air defense systems recently downed two Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter jets within the last 24 hours. 

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Additionally, they’ve commenced Combat Air Patrol [CAP] flights using Su-35 fighters. These advanced aircraft excel in detecting long-range and low-altitude targets, aligning perfectly with the typical flight patterns of Ukrainian pilots. This move follows a successful airstrike by the Ukrainian Air Force’s MiG-29s against Russian positions in Belgorod. 

Recent reports indicate that the Russian Armed Forces have initiated a large-scale assault utilizing long-range precision weapons, including Kinzhal hypersonic missiles and UAVs, targeting Ukrainian airfields. The primary objective of this operation is to eliminate facilities housing Ukrainian Air Force fighters or bombers, which, due to their small size, can only conduct limited strikes. 

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Same message

On June 2 this year, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the downing of two MiG-29 fighters. The Ukrainian aircraft were targeted using Russian anti-aircraft systems. 

According to Newsweek, “Russian forces shot down two Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter jets over the past day, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday, shortly after Kyiv reported a series of enemy aircraft losses over the war-torn country.” 

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It’s noteworthy that the announcement mirrors the one from today [June 27]. However, this should come as no surprise, given that the Russian Ministry of Defense often uses standardized text and does not provide extensive details initially, though it claims to do so at a later stage. BulgarianMilitary.com has not independently verified the reports from either June 2nd or June 27th.

MiG-29 in action

Recent reports from Ukraine indicated that a MiG-29 executed a high-risk strike using French AASM-250 bombs at ultra-low altitudes over the Belgorod region. The Ukrainian pilot maneuvered a complex dive to deploy two bombs while flying extremely low, aiming to avoid Russian anti-aircraft missiles near the front line. 

After releasing the bombs, the pilot performed a sharp ascent to reduce the risk of interception by Russian air defense systems. Meanwhile, the 250-kilogram bombs independently navigated toward their target using satellite coordinates. 

Video footage reveals the damage inflicted on a building serving as the command center for a motorized rifle regiment of the Russian armed forces. The Russian military has previously shown how an AASM bomb can strike with remarkable precision, coming within a concise range of a designated target.

F-16 is expected

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Ukraine’s aging fleet, a holdover from the Soviet era, has spent over two years contending with Russia’s superior and more numerous aircraft. By the end of 2023, Ukraine’s air force maintained around 24 MiG-29 fighter jets, known by their NATO codename Fulcrum, as reported by the UK-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. 

For quite some time, Ukraine has been calling for Western-made F-16 fighter jets to replace its losses and boost its capabilities. Several allies committed to supplying these advanced aircraft last year. 

The exact timing of when Ukraine will deploy the Lockheed Martin-made planes remains uncertain and is subject to change. However, they are expected to arrive within the coming weeks.

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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.

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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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