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Ukraine shoots down Russian warplanes over Sea of Azov

15.01.2024 10:00
Ukrainian forces have brought down two valuable Russian warplanes over the Sea of Azov, an A-50 early-warning aircraft and an Il-22 airborne command post, according to news reports.   
A Russian A-50 aircraft.
A Russian A-50 aircraft.Dmitry Terekhov from Odintsovo, Russian Federation, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Ukraine shot down the two Russian military planes on Sunday night, the RBC-Ukraine news agency reported.

The A-50 is a rare, long-range "airborne early warning" (AEW) aircraft, according to officials in Kyiv.

Russia uses such airplanes during its missile attacks on Ukraine, to help its rockets bypass Ukrainian air defences, the RBC-Ukraine news agency reported.

Meanwhile, the Il-22 is a valuable "airborne command post," unreachable by missiles, from which "military forces can be controlled during combat operations," according to military experts.

Russia has now lost 329 aircraft and 324 helicopters since invading Ukraine in February 2022, public broadcaster Polish Radio's polskieradio24.pl website reported, citing the General Staff in Kyiv.   

Monday is day 691 of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, launching the largest military campaign in Europe since World War II.

Source: polskieradio24.plRBC-Ukraine