Ukrainian forces shoot down three Russian Su-34 fighter jets on southern front

Russian Su-34 fighter jet
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Ukrainian defenders shot down three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers in the south of Ukraine on Dec. 22, the commander of the Air Force Mykola Oleshchuk has reported on Telegram

The aircraft were destroyed at around noon. Oleshchuk called it a response to a nighttime "message" from the Russian military written on one of its downed kamikaze drones.

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"They wrote on it: ‘Die, b**ches’," Oleshchuk said.

"Great idea! Here is our answer to you! Eternal flight, ‘brothers’!" Oleshchuk wrote.

<span class="copyright">Микола Олещук/Telegram</span>
Микола Олещук/Telegram

Su-34 aircraft are carriers of guided bombs and X-59 missiles, which Russians are using to attack Kherson Oblast and other regions of Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian military’s General Staff, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has lost 324 warplanes and helicopters.

Russia is thought to have had 155 Su-34s before it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. More than 20 of them were reported shot down by Ukraine before today’s losses.

Read also: Photos of drone attack aftermath on military airfield in Russia

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