Three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers planes were allegedly downed by Ukraine.

Three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers were shot down by Ukrainian forces on Friday on the southern front, according to military officials and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. This was hailed as a victory in the 22-month conflict.

There was no comment on the incident from the Russian military. However, Russian bloggers confirmed the loss, and experts speculated that Patriot missiles provided by the United States had most likely been used.

Three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers are missing from today’s noontime southern sector! The commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Mykola Oleshchuk, posted on the messaging app Telegram.

A spokesman for the Air Force, Yuri Ihnat, called it a masterfully orchestrated operation on national television.

He mentioned the Su-34 as one of Russia’s most advanced planes for bombing and other attacks, saying there haven’t been any in our favorable statistics for a while.

Zelenskiy commended the Odesa area anti-aircraft force for drinking the planes in the Kherson region during his nightly video speech.

The area was taken during the initial days of Moscow’s invasion in February 2022. In an effort to retake territory, Ukrainian soldiers took up positions in Kherson on the eastern bank of the river Dnipro in November.

Russia-based Eurasia Daily said the Ukrainian account made sense. It stated that from the western side of the Dnipro River, Kyiv might have fired Patriot missiles, which have a range of as much as 160 km (100 miles), targeting high-altitude targets.

According to Ukrainian NV Radio, aviation expert Valeriy Romanenko thinks the Russian planes were probably shot down by Patriot missiles.

The Russians were dropping up to 100 bombs in the southern region in this particular scenario. Three were stuck together in midair. According to Romanenko, they were not fully aware of the Patriot’s 160-kilometer range for aerodynamic targets.

Since its forces made fast progress a year ago in regaining Russian-held areas in the northeast and south, Ukrainian victories have been less frequent.

There has been little success in the counteroffensive that was started in the east and south in June. Although Zelenskiy concedes that progress has not been as rapid as anticipated, he has rejected claims made by General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the military head, that the battle has reached an attrition phase necessitating a shift in strategy.

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