MOSCOW ($1= Russian Rubles) — A Ukrainian Su-25 Frogfoot twin-engine fighter jet was shot down over the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR]. This was announced by the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov. The Ukrainian plane was shot down by a ground-based anti-aircraft missile system, the Russian officer said, without specifying the model of the system.
“Air defense systems shot down a Su-25 of the Ukrainian Air Force near the village of Artemovsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” he said.
Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov added in his statement that during the past night Russian anti-aircraft missile systems intercepted eight missiles from Ukrainian HIMARS MLRS. The interception took place in the regions of the Luhansk People’s Republic [LPR] and DPR. Again, there is no information about the air defense systems used.
The most downed aircraft in Ukraine
A model aircraft fills the daily list of downed combat aircraft in the war in Ukraine. 38 aircraft of this model have already been destroyed. According to the online portal Onyx, 23 aircraft of this model were lost to the Russian Air and Space Forces [VKS] and 15 to the Ukrainian Air Force [UAF].
This is the Sukhoi Su-25 Grach [Frogfoot] which is a subsonic, single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft developed in the Soviet Union by Sukhoi. The last downed one is from yesterday and belongs to the inventory of the Ukrainian Air Force. The Ukrainian Su-25 was shot down on November 8, over near the town of Ugledar in Donetsk. This information comes from Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the defense ministry, an air defense system in the Russian-backed self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
The Su-25 is a Soviet subsonic, single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft that is still in service in dozens of countries, most of which have limited defense budgets and retain the aircraft’s combat capability. In 1975, the Su-25 made its first test flight, and in 1981 it was officially introduced to the countries of the Soviet bloc. This aircraft has documented participation in almost all small and large military conflicts in the world: from the Soviet-Afghan war to the war in Ukraine in 2022.
The Su-25 is piloted by one pilot. The dimensions of the aircraft are as follows: Length: 15.53 m [50 ft 11 in] [including nose probe], wingspan: 14.36 m [47 ft 1 in], height: 4.8 m [15 ft 9 in] and wing area: 33.7 m2 [363 sq ft]. The aircraft is powered by two Soyuz / Tumansky R-195 turbojet engines, 44.18 kN [9,930 lbf] thrust each.
With one refueling, it can fly a distance of 1000 km, and the maximum speed that the aircraft can develop during the flight is 975 km / h [606 mph, 526 kn]. Its G limit is +6.5. The aircraft is armed with one 30 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 autocannon with 250 rounds, SPPU-22 gun pods for two 23 mm Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 autocannons with 260 rounds, an anti-radar missile, air-to-ground missiles, air-to-air and controllable bombs or free-falling bombs.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who 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 as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
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, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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