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General Staff: Ukraine destroys Russian Su-34 bomber in Luhansk Oblast

Ukrainian troops downed another Russian Su-34 bomber aircraft on 29 January, bringing the total of destroyed Russian fixed-wing assets to 332, Ukraine’s General Staff says.
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Russia’s Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft. Illustrative image: Wikipedia Commons/Vitaly V. Kuzmin
General Staff: Ukraine destroys Russian Su-34 bomber in Luhansk Oblast

The Ukrainian defense forces have shot down a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast. Andrii Kovaliov, spokesperson for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said this on Ukrainian television on 30 January, according to Ukrinform. Kovaliov added that the Russian Su-34 aircraft was downed on 29 January.

Despite the Russian Airspace Force having a numerical advantage over the Ukrainian Air Force, advanced air defenses on both sides prevent either from achieving clear air superiority. This results in difficulties for both Russian and Ukrainian air assets operating near front lines, and makes it impossible to operate in enemy rear areas.

Earlier, on 14 January, Ukrainian forces hit Russia’s valuable A-50 early warning and control aircraft and IL-22 airborne control center, with the former crashing near Berdiansk, killing its crew and personnel, and the latter sustaining damage but managing to land at a civilian airfield. This attack marked the Russian Air Force’s most devastating loss since the start of the all-out war. 

Late last year, Ukraine reportedly used the Patriot SAM system to ambush and destroy three Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers in southern Ukraine.

According to the estimations of Ukraine’s General Staff, Russia lost 332 fixed-wing assets and 324 helicopters in Ukraine as of 30 January 2024:

Estimated Russian losses in Ukraine as of 30 January 2024, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Infographic: Euromaidan Press

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