This remarkable footage appears to show a Russian plane spinning in circles as it descends from the sky after it was struck by a Ukrainian missile.
Zenger News obtained the video from Ukraine’s Centre for Strategic Communications (Stratcom), headquartered in Kyiv, earlier today (Monday, April 25th).
Stratcom said: “Ukrainian defenders shot down an enemy plane in the Kharkiv region.
“According to preliminary data, it was an all-weather two-seater fighter-bomber Su-34, according to the Air Command East.”
The Air Command East appeared to confirm the strike through its official channels.
According to reports, the warplane was shot down near the city of Balakliya, which is currently under Russian occupation.
The Sukhoi Su-34 is a Soviet-origin Russian twin-engine, twin-seat, all-weather supersonic medium-range fighter-bomber/strike aircraft.
It first flew in 1990 and it entered service with the Russian Air Force in 2014.
It is currently operated only by the Russian Air Force, although the Algerian Air Force is reported to have 14 aircraft – in its export version – on order.
The Air Command East is a branch of the Ukrainian Air Force. The warplane was reportedly shot down by the Air Command East’s air defense forces.
It was not reported if the pilots ejected safely.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation” to “demilitarise and denazify” the country. The invasion is now in its 61st day.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) reported earlier today that Russia had lost about 21,900 military personnel over the course of the invasion thus far.
The AFU also reported that Russia had lost 884 tanks, 2,258 armoured fighting vehicles, 411 artillery systems, 149 multiple launch rocket systems, 69 anti-aircraft systems, 181 warplanes, 154 helicopters, 1,566 vehicles, eight vessels, 76 fuel tankers, 201 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 28 units of special equipment and four mobile short-range ballistic missile systems.
The reports come as five railway stations have come under attack in central and western Ukraine, with reports of casualties, according to officials.
This is despite the Kremlin apparently scaling back its war goals to focus on “liberating” Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, as announced exactly one month ago.
In the meantime, Moscow has said it will suspend attacks on the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged south-eastern port city of Mariupol to allow civilians to leave.
However, Ukraine has demanded Russia provide written security guarantees to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.