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Russia boasted of the "destruction" of F-16s in Ukraine and was embarrassed: the Air Force commented on it

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Russian propagandists boast of destroying F-16 fighters

To block the news about the downing of a Russian Su-34 bomber, Russia decided to boast about the "destruction" of F-16s in Ukraine. Thus, Russian Telegram channels began spreading a fake about the downing of several fighters at once.

According to one version, six fighters were downed, while another claimed that five F-16s and a Patriot air defense system were destroyed. Yurii Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, commented on the Russians' statements during the telethon. He ridiculed the occupiers who managed to destroy aircraft that are not even in Ukraine yet.

Thus, Russian propagandists began to spread information that the Russian army had shot down F-16 fighters at the airfield in Odesa.

"There are still unconfirmed reports that 6 F-16s were shot down at the Odesa airfield. If it is true, and it is true, then today the f***ers will cry bitter tears, because even the much-hyped F-16 did not help them," the propagandists write.

Russia boasted of the ''destruction'' of F-16s in Ukraine and was embarrassed: the Air Force commented on it

At the same time, the propagandists' versions of the downing of the planes were quite diverse. Some claim to have shot down six planes, while others mention five or four. Propagandists also say that it was an F-16 fighter that shot down a Russian Su-34, and then a Su-30 "took revenge" and destroyed four F-16s.

But this is not all the occupiers' "victories". The propagandists also claimed that they had successfully destroyed a Patriot air defense system in the port area with the help of a Shahed. In addition, according to them, five F-16s were eliminated at the Shkilny airfield.

Russia boasted of the ''destruction'' of F-16s in Ukraine and was embarrassed: the Air Force commented on it

The occupiers are also spreading a photo of an F-16 aircraft "shot down" in Odesa, allegedly provided by their people in the Armed Forces. The fact that green leaves are visible in the background of the plane in December does not bother the propagandists at all. In fact, the invaders took the photo from 2018 from Western media.

Russia boasted of the ''destruction'' of F-16s in Ukraine and was embarrassed: the Air Force commented on it
Russia boasted of the ''destruction'' of F-16s in Ukraine and was embarrassed: the Air Force commented on it

Yurii Ihnat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, responded to the latest Russian fabrications.

"Well, there are memes about F-16s, that they have even "found" them in Ukraine. I get such questions from my colleagues every day: "Well, off the record, tell me, are they there (in Ukraine - Ed.)?" People want to believe that they are in Ukraine. Well, the enemy believed it, and the enemy is "destroying" them," the spokesman said.

Ihnat also said whether the F-16 fighters are ready to be sent to Ukraine.

"We are ready, our Western partners have confirmed that we are ready. We are in the process. In addition to pilots, we need infrastructure and engineers. We have discussed this many times. That's why our partners have stated that they are ready to hand it over. This is the statement we have made so far," he added.

Earlier it was reported that in the evening of December 24, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber. The enemy aircraft went on an "eternal flight" in the Mariupol direction.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, on the morning of December 22, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a telephone conversation. During the conversation, the head of the Dutch government announced the preparation of the first 18 F-16 fighters for delivery to our country.

Only verified information is available on the OBOZ.UA Telegram channel and Viber. Do not fall for fakes!

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