UPDATE 2ND SU-25 DAMAGED | An Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25M1 was shot down close to the border with Russia on Wednesday night 16 July around 19:00 local time, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence confirmed on 17 July.
The aircraft was hit in the tail section near the town of Amvrosiyivka in the Donetsk region while in a turn. According to Kiev the hostile fire came from Russian territory and not – like in many earlier incidents – from anti-government elements in the east of Ukraine. Russian military spokespersons have not yet commented on the latest accusation.
The Su-25M1 pilot ejected safely and was evacuated by the Ukrainian military. Su-25s (NATO reporting name Frogfoot) are typical ground attack and ground support aircraft, being able to carry a heavy load and a variety of weapons. They are able to sustain hits by most small arms fire.
Earlier on 16 July at least one of a pair of two Su-25s was hit by “portable air defence systems” around 13:00 local time while performing airstrikes on pro-Russian separatist positions in the east of Ukraine. This aircraft made a successful emergency landing on a nearby airbase, according to a Ukrainian military statement.
The downing of the Su-25M1 comes two days after a relatively high-flying Ukrainian Air Force AN-26 transport aircraft was shot and crashed. The shooting of the Frogfoot marks the first time ever an Ukrainain fast combat jet was lost due to hostile fire.
In the meantime Russia is again beefing up its military strength near the borders of Ukraine, says NATO. According to the western military alliance that flies AWACS monitoring missions on its borders with Ukraine there are now 12,000 Russian ground forces in position directly near Ukraines eastern and northern borders.
Source: Ukrainian Ministry of Defence / NATO with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
OVERVIEW OF AIRCRAFT LOSSES BY HOSTILE FIRE, ARMED FORCES OF UKRAINE
(compiled by Airheadsfly.com based on official sources)
- 2014.??.??: 2 Su-25s, 2 Mi-24s and 1 Mi-8 in separate incidents
- 2014.08.29: Su-25, over Donbas, likely SAM
- 2014.08.17: MiG-29, over Luhansk, likely SAM
- 2014.08.07: Mi-8, eastern Ukraine, weapon unknown
- 2014.08.07: MiG-29, near Zhdanivka (Donetsk region), by SAM
- 2014.07.23: 2 Su-25, Ukrainian Air Force, near Dmytrivka (Donetsk region), by SAM while providing CAS
- 2014.07.16: SU-25, Ukrainian Air Force, near Amvrosiyivka / Russian border, hit in tailsection. Second Su-25 hit as well, made successful emergency landing.
- 2014.07.14: AN-26, Ukrainian Air Force, near Izvaryne, by SAM
- 2014.06.24: Mi-8, near Slovyansk, by MANPADS or AA / heavy-calibre gun
- 2014.06.14: IL-76, Ukrainian Air Force, upon landing at Luhansk Airport, by anti-aircraft fire
- 2014.06.06: AN-30B, Ukrainian Air Force, near Slovyansk, by MANPADS
- 2014.05.29: Mi-8, Ukrainian Army Guard, near Slovyansk, by MANPADS
- 2014.05.05: Mi-24, Ukrainian Army Avation, near Slovyansk, by heavy-machine gun fire
- 2014.05.02: 2 Mi-24s, Ukrainian Army Aviation, near Slovyanks, by MANPADS
- 2014.04.25: Mi-8, Ukrainain Army Aviation, at Kramatorsk Airbase, by (rocket-propelled?) grenade