A Russian fighter jet was shot down near the town of Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
In a statement on social media, the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said that around 8 p.m. Tuesday, a unit of the Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile forces shot down a Russian fighter, “presumably a Su -35”, in the Nova Kakhovka area.
He said the Russian Sukhoi Su-35S fighter jet, worth $85 million per unit, tried to attack a plane belonging to the Ukrainian Air Force.
“There is visual confirmation of the aircraft going down, the pilot ejected,” the post said. “In addition, during the current day, units of the Air Force anti-aircraft missile forces shot down 5 enemy operational and tactical level unmanned aerial vehicles.”
“Glory to Ukraine! Together towards victory!” the declaration proclaimed.
Videos circulating on social media appear to show the moment the plane was struck in the air and burst into flames before plunging to the ground. Some videos show the jet crashing into a field and exploding on impact, causing thick plumes of black smoke to rise into the air.
The Sukhoi Su-35S is the latest generation of the Soviet-era Su-27 fighter aircraft, designed to intercept and destroy aerial targets in long-range and short-range air battles. The aircraft is also designed to perform ground attack missions.
The Su-35S is armed with a 30mm cannon, has 12 bomb and missile hardpoints and can reach speeds of up to 1,553 miles per hour. It has a flight range of approximately 2,174 miles.
According to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the manufacturer of the Su-35S, the aircraft “combines the qualities of a modern fighter (super-maneuverability, superior active and passive acquisition aids, high supersonic speed and long range, to manage battle group actions, etc.) and a good tactical aircraft (wide range of carryable weapons, modern multi-channel electronic warfare system, reduced radar signature and high combat survivability).”
The latest incident comes after Ukrainian media claimed on Monday that a Russian Su-34 bomber – which is believed to cost around $36 million per unit – was shot down by Russian own forces over the Luhansk region in the United States. eastern Ukraine.
The plane was reportedly shot down near Alchevsk, a town in the Luhansk region, one of the areas where the war is currently concentrated. Alchevsk is currently under occupation by Moscow-backed separatist forces.
The Russian Air Force grossly underperformed throughout the war, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.
Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.