For the second time this month the Ukrainian Air Force lost a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 (NATO-reporting name Fulcrum) fast combat jet due to hostile fire by pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country. This time the jet was shot down in the skies over Luhansk, where Ukrainian ground forces are making progress in pushing out rebel forces.
The downing was confirmed by an Ukrainian military spokesperson to several press agencies on Sunday 17 August. The pilot reportedly ejected ok, but his current whereabouts were not disclosed.
On 7 August 2014 a MiG-29 hit the ground about 23 miles (37 km) north east of the city of Donetsk, near the village of Zhdanivka, after being hit by probably a man-portable surface to air missile (MANPADS). Some sources a third Ukrainian MiG-29 was shot down this summer as well, but that has officially not been confirmed.
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