Ukraine has destroyed a Russian Su-24 plane, also known as a “Fencer” plane, its armed forces announced on Friday, as the war between the nations continues.
“During the current day, Defense Forces aviation hit 4 areas of concentration of the enemy’s vital force and military equipment and 1 strongpoint. The enemy’s losses are specified,” the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said. in an unverified situation update on Facebook. “In addition, our air defense units in different directions destroyed one Su-24 aircraft, two winged missiles and a gulf of invaders.”
According to Airforce-Technology.com, a Su-24 aircraft is manufactured by the Moscow-based Sukhoi Design Bureau joint-stock company and the Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association.
“The Su-24M entered service in 1983 and is a development of the Su-24, known by the NATO codename ‘Fencer’,” Airforce-Technology.com said.
The update comes as the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue a counter-offensive, hoping to regain control of some areas, such as Kherson and Izium.
“The threat of air strikes and missiles throughout Ukraine remains,” the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in the update. “The enemy continues to terrorize civilians, striking residential neighborhoods and civilian infrastructure, in violation of international humanitarian law, the laws and customs of war.”
The update also states that while the Russian Armed Forces have fired several rockets and airstrikes at different regions of Ukraine, “the enemy daily suffers significant losses of personnel and military equipment, which significantly affects the state psychology of the occupiers”, due to the successful actions of the Ukrainian “defense forces units”.
“Rocket troops and artillery continue to destroy the enemy,” the update adds. “As a result of a fire impact on the unloading station, the resupply of the Russian occupation troops with reserves was interrupted. In addition, 2 areas of concentration of living forces and combat equipment of the occupiers Russians fell in the affected area.”
Ukrainian officials have also recently accused Russian military forces of sending missiles towards power stations.
“I believe that Russia’s demonstrative strikes on thermal power plants and hydrotechnical facilities will accelerate the process of transferring these systems to us,” Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, told the Interfax news agency on Friday. .
Amid Ukraine’s counteroffensive, Pentagon press secretary Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryde said Friday, “What we believe is that the Ukrainians are consolidating their gains after recapturing significant territory, and the Russians are trying to strengthen their defensive lines after being pushed back.”
Newsweek contacted the Russian Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces for comments.