The Russian Aerospace Forces’ Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighter plane was shot down near Izium, in eastern Ukraine, around 120 kilometres southeast of Kharkiv, according to Ukrainian media.
According to Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs advisor, the Russian military plane was shot down on April 3, 2022, after it was hit by a Ukrainian Armed Forces missile.
The fighter quickly caught fire and collapsed.
On social media, Anton Gerashchenko posted a photo of the downed jet and stated that the pilot ejected from the plane but was later captured.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 143 Russian planes and 134 helicopters were shot down during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.
- The Sukhoi -35 Flanker is the newest member of the Su-27 Flanker family.
- It’s a multi-role fighter with a focus on superiority in the air.
- The aircraft was first deployed by the Russian Air Force in December 2012.
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