TRIPOLI, (BM) – The front-line fighter MiG-29 of the Libyan National Army was shot down over Libya, a Russian-speaking pilot was sitting in it, on September 8, the Fighterbomber channel posted a video on YouTube, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The footage shows an unfolded orange parachute, the pilot’s voiceover sounds that he was hit, but survived by ejection from a height of 700 meters. According to the information he reported, he was shot down 45 km before reaching the airfield, the shot down plane fell 200-300 meters away from him.
“Safe and sound. I spread my parachute, I’m waiting for rescuers. Hit only hard on the stones. <…> Jeeps are not yet visible with the enemy. I will go to the valley, parachute, I will leave everything on the ground,” the pilot said.
At the end of the video, you can see a Mi-24 helicopter coming after him. The helicopter has a characteristic coloration, and the Military Observer portal reports that this coloration is used to determine the country of ownership of the helicopter, that is, the place of the incident. That is Libya.
Libyan civil war
Having ruled the country since 1969, Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in the 2011 civil war. As a result, the country found itself in a situation of dual power: in the east, a parliament is sitting in Tobruk, supported by the Libyan national army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and in the west, in Tripoli, a government of national accord.
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN.
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
At the same time, the GNA is actively supporting Turkey, and Egypt and Saudi Arabia are on the side of the LNA. Its unofficial allies are France and the UAE.
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