Russia has claimed that its Su-35S fighter planes have destroyed Ukrainian aircraft in a dogfight above Ukraine.
Russia has claimed that during one of their sorties, “fighter pilots of the Russian Aerospace Forces timely discovered and destroyed the aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”.
The footage reportedly shows a Russian fighter jet taxiing on a runway at an undisclosed location before taking off into the sky.
It can then be seen flying high above the clouds before firing a missile at an unknown target.
The aircraft can then be seen coming in to land as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday, 9th December, along with a statement claiming: “The crews of the Su-35s of the Russian Aerospace Forces are on air watch in the zone of the special military operation around the clock.
“In the special military operation zone, fighter crews practice the tasks of air patrolling in a given area and covering the actions of bomber and attack aircraft, as well as army aviation helicopters during air strikes on military facilities and equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“The flights of Russian Aerospace Forces fighters are carried out with suspended missiles of various classes. When an air target is detected, the pilots identify it, and if it is an enemy, they destroy it with missile weapons.
“During the performance of a flight mission, fighter pilots of the Russian Aerospace Forces timely discovered and destroyed the aircraft of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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