Another costly blow for Putin after losing ninth fighter jet in 10 days

FILE - A Russian Su-34 bomber takes off for a training mission in Krasnodar Region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. With tens of thousands of Russian troops positioned near Ukraine, the Kremlin has kept the U.S. and its allies guessing about its next moves in the worst Russia-West security crisis since the Cold War. (AP Photo/Vitaliy Timkiv, File)
Russia has lost eight of the £40 million Su-34 fighter jets, some of the most high-tech in its arsenal, in just 10 days (Picture: AP Photo/Vitaliy Timkiv)

Ukraine destroyed yet another high-tech Russian bomber after downing seven fighter jets in a week.

If Russia thought it was having a better week in the skies after dodging Ukrainian air defence systems on Monday, it’s fast finding out it was wrong.

Commander Mykola Oleschuk said: ‘One more minus Su-34 in the eastern direction in the Ukrainian Air Force’s official Telegram channel shortly after 9am today.

The lieutenant general said: ‘Yesterday Russian pilots managed to evade our missiles, but this will not always be the case.

‘That’s why I advise the occupiers to see their relatives before each departure just in case.

‘Because who knows if he will be lucky or not this time.’

Ukraine claimed to have shot down a second Su-34 fighter jet around 2pm on Tuesday.

Taking to Telegram, Oleschuk declared ‘Russia should think, at least for some time, to stop airborne meat assaults’

Each of the Soviet-origin Su-34 jets costs an estimated £40 million, making each loss of the twin-engine, two-seat aircraft an expensive loss for the Russian military.

Ukraine claimed to have downed a further five in the last ten days, along with two Su-35 planes.

This includes an Su-34 on February 21, an Su-34 and Su-35S on February 19, an Su-34 on February 18, along with two Su-34 planes and an Su-35 on February 17.

In addition to the fighter jets, the Air Force claims to have downed two A-50 planes in a single day on February 23.

The early warning and control jet, used by Russia to monitor Ukraine’s air defences, carry up to 15 personnel and cost an estimated £236 million each.

Russia has lost around 340 planes since the start of the war, according to Ukraine’s Armed Forces.

Overnight and into the early hours of February 27, Russia launched a flurry of drones and missiles at Ukraine.

This included 13 Iranian-made Shahed drones and five missiles.

Ukrainian air defences intercepted 11 drones and two missiles, according to the Ukrainian Air Force.

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