Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and military sources reported the successful downing of three Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber jets on Friday along the country’s southern front, marking a significant triumph in the ongoing 22-month-long conflict.
Ukrainian Victory Against Russian Forces
Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk announced the downing of three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers in the southern sector, a feat hailed as a strategic achievement.
While the Russian military remained silent about the incident, reports from Russian bloggers suggested acknowledgment of the losses, speculating the use of U.S.-supplied Patriot missiles.
Official confirmation from Reuters or independent verification of the event remains pending due to the unavailability of substantial evidence.
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Analysts and military experts speculated on the plausibility of the event, suggesting the possible use of Patriot missiles by Ukraine against high-altitude targets.
Eurasia Daily proposed the use of Patriot missiles from the western side of the Dnipro River, citing a range of up to 160 km (100 miles) against aerial targets.
Ukrainian aviation expert Valeriy Romanenko echoed the plausibility of Patriot missile involvement, explaining its capability against high-flying aircraft.