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Ukraine’s military confirms that Russia shot down its own Su-27 over Crimea in friendly fire

The Russian military accidentally shot down one of its own Su-27 fighter jets over the Black Sea near Crimea’s Sevastopol on 28 March, as confirmed by Dmytro Pletenchuk, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Navy.
The falling Russian Su-27 aircraft. Screenshot from chp_Sevastopol Telegram channel.
Ukraine’s military confirms that Russia shot down its own Su-27 over Crimea in friendly fire

The video of the burning and falling Russian was shared on social media on 28 March 2024.
The next day, during a live broadcast on Ukrainian TV, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Navy, Dmytro Pletenchuk, confirmed “that this aircraft belonged to the Russian Federation and that their own forces destroyed it.”

They had an alarm and were on combat alert. The human factor came into play – one of the operators wanted to get a medal and did not bother to figure out whose plane it was,” he said.

According to Pletenchuk, the Russian forces managed to rescue the pilot of the downed aircraft.

The incident occurred amidst heightened tensions in the region, where Russia has been firing dozens of rockets from occupied Crimea against Ukraine in recent days. Ukraine, in response, conducted several missile attacks against the Russian fleet, damaging at least two vessels.

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