Russian fighter jet shot down by Ukrainian air force in dogfight

A Russian fighter plane was shot down by the Ukrainian air force in a dogfight on Friday afternoon, according to Ukrainian armed forces.

Today, May 27, at approximately 2:00 PM, a MiG-29 fighter of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down a Russian Su-35 fighter in the skies of the Kherson region, which was hunting Ukrainian attack aircraft, the Air Force said in a statement.

“Glory to Ukrainian pilots! Death to the occupiers!” it added.

The dogfight is the final blow to the Russian offensive in Ukraine, which has failed to defeat Ukrainian military resistance since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the invasion on February 24. The air war in particular went badly. “The Russian Air Force is still showing no signs of waging a campaign to gain air superiority,” retired British Air Force Edward Stringer said earlier. news week

Last week, Su-35 fighter jets bombed like the downed Ukrainian targets, destroying the “military infrastructure of Ukraine’s armed forces during the special military operation,” Russia’s defense ministry said.

According to Russian forces, since February 24, they have destroyed 179 combat aircraft, 127 helicopters, 1,019 unmanned aerial vehicles, 323 air defense systems, 3,266 tanks and armored fighting vehicles, 433 multiple missile systems, 1,682 artillery systems and 3,190 military vehicles. Moreover, in the three months of the conflict in Ukraine, Russia has fired more missiles than any other country since World War II.

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The Ukrainian Air Force said on Friday that a Russian fighter jet was shot down over Ukraine’s Kherson region. Above, Russian Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jets and MiG-29 fighter jets fly over central Moscow during a rehearsal for a Victory Day parade on May 4.
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On Friday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia had 29,750 troops, 1,322 tanks, 3,246 armored fighting vehicles, 623 artillery systems, 201 multiple missile systems, 93 air defense systems, 206 combat aircraft, 170 helicopters, 503 unmanned aerial vehicles, 115 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,226 military vehicles and fuel tankers and 48 units of special equipment, all since the start of the invasion.

The war, which failed to deliver the quick and easy victory Putin expected, has also taken its toll on the Russian people and economy. With some sanctions targeting the Russian elite, many have turned against the president, and even government officials have reportedly begun to criticize the president for refusing to withdraw from Ukraine.

On Friday, Leonid Vasyukevich, a member of the Russian Communist Party who is part of a regional legislative assembly, was escorted from a high-level meeting with Putin after calling for the withdrawal of Russian troops.

“We understand that if our country does not stop the military operation, there will be more orphans in our country,” Vasyukevich said. “During the military operation, young people who can be of great use to our country die and become disabled.”

In response, some Russian officials declared Vashukevich “a traitor”.

news week contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

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