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Ukraine says it struck Su-57 fighter jet on ground at Russian air base | Russia-Ukraine war News

The Ukrainian military agency said the plane was among “a few” of its type in Moscow’s arsenal.

Ukrainian forces attacked a state-of-the-art Russian Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet at an air base inside Russia, kyiv’s GUR defense intelligence agency said, sharing satellite images it said confirmed the attack.

In a Telegram post on Sunday, the GUR did not specify how the Su-57 was attacked or by which unit of the Ukrainian army, the first attack of its kind.

In one photo, black soot marks and small craters could be seen dotting a strip of concrete around the parked plane.

A popular pro-war Russian military blogger, who goes by the name Fighterbomber and focuses on aviation, said the report of the attack on the Su-57 was correct and that it had been hit by a drone.

The GUR said the plane was parked at the Akhtubinsk airfield, which it said was 589 kilometers (366 miles) from the front lines in Ukraine.

“The images show that on June 7, the Su-57 was intact, and on (June 8), there were explosion craters and characteristic fire spots caused by fire damage near it,” said the GUR, publishing the images. next to the message.

The Ukrainian military agency said the plane, which is capable of carrying stealth missiles over hundreds of kilometers, was among “a few” of its type in Moscow’s arsenal. According to reports from Russian agencies, “more than 10” new Su-57s were added to Moscow’s fleet last year, with a total of 76 ordered for delivery by 2028.

First combat loss of the Su-57?

Ukraine has been fighting a large-scale Russian invasion since February 2022.

Ukraine, which lacks Moscow’s vast missile arsenal, has focused on making long-range drones to strike targets inside Russia.

Russian blogger Fighterbomber said the fighter jet was hit by shrapnel and the damage was currently being assessed to see if the plane could be repaired.

He said that if the plane were deemed beyond repair, it would be the first combat loss of a Su-57.

Russian military bloggers like Fighterbomber are often seen as sources of information about military losses in the absence of official comment from the Kremlin. Russia’s Defense Ministry and senior political figures did not comment on Sunday’s alleged attack.

Despite being touted as a fifth-generation Russian fighter jet rivaling its American equivalent, the Su-57 was plagued by development delays and a crash in 2019. According to its manufacturer, serial production of the plane began in 2022.

It is a heavy combat aircraft capable of fulfilling a variety of roles on the battlefield.

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