Ukrainians have shared pictures of a burning Russian fighter jet they say was shot out of the sky in the Kharkiv region as Putin‘s forces continue to take heavy damages.

Photos from the scene remains of Russian fighting aircraft Su-35 believed to have been hit by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

It is understood the plane was shot down by the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who shared footage of the incident online.

The Su-35, a hi-tech fighter jet worth an estimated £30million, was reduced to rubble. It is understood the plane was shot down in the Kharkiv region of the country.

Deputy Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko confirmed the Su-35 was shot down by Ukrainian forces, reportedly writing: ’50 million dollars worth of damage for the ogres!’

Gerashchenko reported that the pilot ejected and tried to escape, but was subsequently detained.

A view shows remains of Russian fighting aircraft Su-35 hit by the Ukrainian Armed Forces

The £30million plane was shot out of the sky by Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Kharkiv region

The £30million plane was shot out of the sky by Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Kharkiv region 

So far, 19 Russian planes are confirmed downed by Ukrainian forces since the outbreak of the war. 

It comes as Putin’s forces continue to withdraw from northern parts of the country as Ukrainian forces recapture regions that had previously been held by Russian troops, including the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Russian forces have now moved into a different stage of the conflict and are focussed on the eastern regions of the war-torn nation.

The withdrawal has been coupled with attacks on Odessa in the south today as Russia weighs up an amphibious assault on the vital Black Sea port city.

Ukraine has taken back the ‘whole Kyiv region’ from Russian troops, the country’s deputy defence minister said as the fightback against the invaders continues.

Britain is supplying and training Ukrainian troops in the use of the high-velocity anti-air missiles as well as providing body armour, helmets and combat boots.

It has been claimed that the British-made Starstreak anti-aircraft missile system is responsible for the downing of the Su-35.

A video widely shared online reportedly shows the moment the jet was shot down.

In the footage, an aircraft can be seen falling from the sky while on fire before it hits the ground and bursts into flames with a thick black cloud of smoke.

A man can be heard saying: ‘Something is falling on the village. F**k! F**k! Here, here… Oh just right on the house.’ 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly insisted the UK will provide further defensive support to Ukraine, including a new package of 6,000 more missiles.

And UK defence sources revealed on Friday that Kremlin forces have run out of vital weapons and cannot now replenish their stocks. 

The MoD also gave a further update saying a fire has destroyed several oil tanks at a depot in the Russian city of Belgorod, which is close to the Ukrainian border.

Russian plane down in Izyum

Russian plane down in Izyum

Pictured: Footage shared online purports to show the moment the jet was shot out of the sky

A view shows remains of Russian fighting aircraft Su-35 hit by the Ukrainian Armed Forces

A view shows remains of Russian fighting aircraft Su-35 hit by the Ukrainian Armed Forces

The SU-35s is Russia’s single-seat multi-role attack jet. It is well suited to air superiority missions due to its excellent manoeuvrability and thrust vectoring engines to allow it to turn far tighter than a traditional jet aircraft.

Unlike the F-22 and F-35, the Su-35s is not a stealth fighter and relies far more on dog fighting skills like older aircraft such as the F-16.

The aircraft has a maximum speed of Mach 2.25 at 36,000 feet – approximately 1,500mph –  and carry 8,000kg in weapons with a range of around 1,000 miles.  

Russia claims the aircraft is better than the west’s fourth generation aircraft, such as the US F-16 and French Rafaele and even the RAF’s Typhoon interceptor. 

The Su-35s is fitted with a 30mm cannon for air-to-air dog fighting as well as the capability of carrying rockets, missiles and bombs. 

The photos were shared by Ukrainian Armed Forces General Staff on April 3.

Pictured: The SU-35s is Russia's single-seat multi-role attack jet

Pictured: The SU-35s is Russia’s single-seat multi-role attack jet

It comes as Ukrainian forces drove Russia out of dozens of towns around Kyiv and the north in one of the most extraordinary days since the start of the invasion.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace previously said the Starstreak system – a shoulder-mounted missile that travels at more than three times the speed of sound to take down low-flying enemy jets – was ready to be used imminently.

Mr Wallace said the first Ukrainian troops had been trained and were now deployed with Starstreak, adding that the UK was ‘doing more than pretty much anyone else’ to help the war-torn country.

‘One of the biggest challenges is that the more you go up in sophistication of weapons systems, the more training you require to use them, which is why the real focus of effort has to be helping the Ukrainians either refurbish or locate Russian or Soviet equipment that is already in their inventory,’ he told the Mail on Sunday. 

‘Just providing British tanks wouldn’t really work.’

The missile detaches into three darts mid-air, which are guided to the target by a laser operator on the ground. 

The use of lasers rather than being attracted to infrared energy means flares cannot counteract the three-pronged missile.

Britain has already sent thousands of anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, although Nato nations have continued to rebuff pleas from Zelensky for tanks and fighter aircraft.

More than 30 settlements have been reclaimed with Vladimir Putin’s forces retreating up to 25 miles in places.

But officials urged caution, saying the movement is part of Russia’s ‘tactics’ to encircle Ukrainian troops in Donbas and split the country in two.

What are Starstreak missiles?

The Starstreak high-velocity surface-to-air missile is designed to defend against conventional air threats like fixed wing fighter planes and helicopters. 

It is made in Belfast by the company Thales Air Defence.

The missile has a range of more than 7km and carries a three dart payload.

The Starstreak system is a shoulder-mounted missile that travels at more than three times the speed of sound to take down low-flying enemy aircraft

The Starstreak system is a shoulder-mounted missile that travels at more than three times the speed of sound to take down low-flying enemy aircraft

It uses a laser beam guidance system which the manufacturer says is ‘immune to all known countermeasures’. 

The weapon can be launched from lightweight land, sea or air platforms and can be unleashed as soon as a target is detected – there is no wait for ‘lock on’.

It accelerates to a speed of more than Mach 3 – approximately 2,300mph – in a ‘fraction of a second’. 

Once hitting full speed it releases its three ‘hittiles’ which are then guided to the target. 

It is a man-portable air-defence system – known by the MANPADS acronym.

The missiles are similar to the US-made Stinger which is already being used by Ukrainian forces.



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