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Ukraine successfully shoots down first Russian strategic bomber – POLITICO

Ukraine successfully shoots down first Russian strategic bomber – POLITICO
Ukraine successfully shoots down first Russian strategic bomber – POLITICO

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Ukraine’s military intelligence said Ukrainians used the same means to down the bomber as were previously used to shoot down an A-50 surveillance plane over the Sea of Azov in January.

The Russian defense ministry said the bomber crashed as it was returning from a mission in Ukraine “due to technical malfunction.” Locals in Stavropol posted videos of a burning plane falling.

The bomber mission was part of a larger Russian air attack which killed eight and injured 25 in the Dnipro region, in the east of Ukraine, in the early hours of Friday, local authorities said.

Ukraine’s air force reported shooting down all 14 drones and 15 out of 22 missiles Russia launched in Friday’s attack.

In the city of Dnipro, the Russian attack damaged five high-rise buildings, two private houses, three educational institutions, seven administrative and office buildings, a market, shops, trade pavilions and a hotel, Dnipro Regional Military Administration reported. In the Synelnykove district of the Dnipro region, the attack damaged more than 60 private homes and destroyed a solar power station, the administration added.

“Every state that provides air-defense systems to Ukraine, every leader who helps convince partners that air defense should now not be in warehouses, but in real cities and communities that are under attack by terrorists, everyone who supports our defense is a lifesaver,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said following the strikes.



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