Russian Su-35 fighter jet. Ukraine claims its MiG-29 aircraft shot down a Russian Su-35 in a dogfight over Kherson on Friday. Photo/REUTERS
“Today, May 27, at approximately 14.00, a MiG-29 fighter aircraft of the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces shot down a Russian Su-35 fighter jet in the skies of the Kherson region,” the Ukrainian Air Force said in a statement. NewsweekSaturday (28/5/2022).
“The Su-35 is on the hunt for Ukrainian warplanes,” the statement continued. “Glory to the Ukrainian pilots! Death to the invaders!”
There has been no confirmation from the Russian military regarding the Ukrainian military claim that it shot down the Su-35 fighter jet.
The aerial duel is the latest blow to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022.
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British military expert, Edward Stringer, assesses the Russian air war has gone badly. “The Russian Air Force is still showing no signs of running a campaign to gain air superiority,” Stringer, who is a retired British Air Marshal, told reporters. Newsweek.
Last week, Su-35 fighter jets like the one shot down on Friday bombed targets in Ukraine. “Destroyed the military infrastructure of the Ukrainian Armed Forces during a special military operation,” the Russian Defense Ministry said at the time.
According to the Russian military, since February 24, 2022 they have destroyed 179 warplanes, 127 helicopters, 1,019 unmanned aerial vehicles, 323 air defense systems, 3,266 tanks and armored fighting vehicles, 433 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,682 artillery systems and 3,190 military vehicles. .