Russian Su-25 jets strike Ukrainian targets (VIDEO)
The Russian Defense Ministry has published footage of what it described as Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jets striking Ukrainian forces.
The clip captured the attack aircraft operating in undisclosed airspace in Russia’s Donetsk People’s Republic, the ministry said in a post on Telegram on Saturday.
The footage from several cameras placed on board the planes shows the Su-25 firing missiles and making evasive maneuvers while flying at extremely low altitudes.
On Sunday, a Telegram channel reporting on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine posted another video depicting Su-25s.
According to the channel, the Russian attack aircraft were filmed from a drone while performing a combat mission above the strategic town of Avdeevka, north of Donetsk.
Su-25s were introduced into the Soviet military in the mid-1970s and are still actively used by the Russian Aerospace Forces. Over the years, the plane, nicknamed ‘grach’ (rook), has earned itself a reputation as one of the country’s most reliable attack aircraft.
It has two engines and an armored underside, which protects it from surface-to-air missiles. During the conflict between Moscow and Kiev, there have been several reports of Su-25s making it back to base despite suffering heavy damage, including losing an engine.