Russian Su-24M bomber was destroyed near Zmiine
On December 5, Ukrainian soldiers shot down another Russian aircraft. A Russian Su-24M bomber was shot down near Zmiine Island in the Black Sea.
Under the cover of a Russian Su-30SM fighter jet, it tried to launch a missile and bomb attack on the south of Odesa region. This was reported by the commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Mykola Oleshchuk.
"It's been a long time since we've had a Russian drones shot down! Let's fix this situation! It looks like the cruiser "Moscow" will soon become an aircraft carrier! I am pleased to inform you about the destruction of a Russian Su-24M bomber near Zmiiine Island, which, under the cover of a Su-30SM fighter, tried to launch a missile and bomb attack on the south of Odesa region," the Air Force commander said.
"The enemy "drying" landed around 6 p.m.
Oleshchuk added that the enemy bomber was shot down by the soldiers of the anti-aircraft missile unit of the "South" Air Command.
"Thanks to the successful operation of the "South" Air Command, the Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile unit sent the Russian "drying" after the "Russian warship". Happy Volunteer Day! Happy Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Together - to victory!" the Air Force commander summarized.
The cost of one such aircraft, according to open sources, is about $25 million.
In late November, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the enormous losses of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. According to him, during the full-scale invasion, Russia lost "hundreds of planes, thousands of tanks and 300,000 soldiers."