NewsUkrainian forces take down key Russian aircrafts and drones: A crippling blow to costly warfare

Ukrainian forces take down key Russian aircrafts and drones: A crippling blow to costly warfare

Ukrainian anti-aircraft artillery has recently noted many successes.
Ukrainian anti-aircraft artillery has recently noted many successes.
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11:51 AM EST, December 25, 2023

Sunday evening saw reports from the Air Force stating that the Su-34 was shot down in the direction of Mariupol. In the meantime, on the Odessa line in the Black Sea region, "combat operations" were launched against the Su-30.

Russians lose equipment worth millions

As the media highlight, the Su-34 is one of the latest devices that the Russian army possesses. The aircraft's value is around 50 million USD.

Last Friday, the Ukrainian Air Force reported that they had downed three such aircraft.

A significant challenge at the front lines

Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, told Ukrainian Radio that they had been "hunting" these devices for a long time. He added that the aircraft had been hampering the Ukrainian forces' actions in the south.

Early in December, the spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force stated that Russian adjusted bombs dropped by the Su-34s were a "significant challenge" for Ukrainian forces.

- These bombs may not be accurate, but they weigh 1,102 pounds. They contain a substantial amount of explosive material, and Russians are intensely using them. There have been cases where up to a hundred such bombs were dropped in a day - explained Yuriy Ihnat.

On Sunday, after several Russian aircraft were shot down, he acknowledged that the Russians had significantly reduced the frequency of their air raids due to their losses.

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