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Russia claims to have destroyed Ukrainian aircraft: Air Force response

Russia claims to have destroyed Ukrainian aircraft: Air Force response Illia Yevlash, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Russia claims to have destroyed Ukrainian aircraft. The Ukrainian Air Force urges people to trust only verified information, according to Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Illia Yevlash.

"Right now, video materials and video comments are appearing in the public space suggesting that Ukraine is allegedly losing its aircraft. We need to understand that we cannot disclose when the enemy hits, for example, a decoy or a real aircraft. Because this would be playing into the enemy's hands," he said.

The spokesman urged Ukrainians to trust the Air Force and official information, as the enemy is actively using various types of informational and psychological influence on the population.

"We are doing everything we can, including maneuvering, relocating, and deceiving the enemy, to protect our aircraft and our people as much as possible. So we need to maintain a clear mind and trust only objective, verified information," Yevlash said.

On June 11, the Russian Ministry of Defense posted a video allegedly showing the destruction of a Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft at an airfield in the Dnipropetrovsk region. The next day, the Russians claimed they had attacked an aircraft parking area and the infrastructure of a Ukrainian Air Force base.

Russian aviation losses

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, since the start of the full-scale war, Russia has lost 359 aircraft of various types, as well as 326 helicopters.

Recently, Ukrainian forces hit two Russian Su-57 aircraft. These are Russia's newest fighter jets. This was the first time such aircraft had been hit since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion.

More information about Russia's most valuable fighter jets can be found in the RBC-Ukraine report.