Ukraine ‘hits airfield in Russia’ with missile strike in latest blow to Putin’s forces

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Ukrainian forces claimed on Friday to have hit an airfield in Millerovo in Rostov, southern Russia – the latest blow to Vladimir Putin’s forces.

Footage posted on-line purports to present the tail finish of a missile strike on the Russian navy’s airbase round 10am native time (8am GMT) with a number of buildings on the location engulfed in flames and destroying not less than one in every of Moscow’s Su-30SM fighter jets in the blast. 

As of early Friday, Ukraine had claimed to have shot down six Russian helicopters, up to seven fighter jets, together with one in a single day, destroyed not less than 30 tanks, killed or captured greater than 800 troops.

Russian officers have made related claims – that Moscow has captured greater than 160 troops; destroyed 74 Ukrainian navy floor services; downed 5 fighter jets and one helicopter; and destroyed 18 tanks and different armoured autos.

By Friday morning, the battle for Kyiv had begun after combating broke out in 20 miles from the town in the early hours earlier than clashes have been reported in a northern district only a few hours later. At least 37 Ukrainians, amongst them a number of civilians, have been killed and a whole lot extra injured in combating in the previous 24 hours. 

Kyiv’s navy, which was left to face Moscow alone after NATO and the US confirmed they might not put boots in the bottom, is much inferior to its Russian counterpart with an air protection system and air power relationship again to the Soviet period. 

Few anticipate Ukraine to emerge victorious from what is nearly sure to be a chronic, bloody, and harsh battle – however to date, Kyiv’s forces have managed to inflict heavy losses on Putin’s troops.  

Footage posted on-line purports to present the tail finish of a missile strike on the Russian navy’s airbase round 10am native time (8am GMT) with a number of buildings on the location engulfed in flames

Ukrainian forces claimed on Friday to have destroyed a part of an airfield in Millerovo in southern Russia, destroying a number of of Moscow’s fighter jets

Flaming wreckage is seen falling from the skies over Kyiv, as Ukraine claimed to have shot down a Russian fighter jet

Ukraine claimed to have shot down a Russian jet over the outskirts of Kyiv in a single day, with wreckage falling on a home and leaving a number of individuals injured

Helicopters, jets and planes    

Ukrainian forces downed a Russian fighter jet over Kyiv early on Friday and later hit an airfield in Millerovo in Rostov, southern Russia, destroying not less than one Su-30SM round 10am native time (8am GMT). 

Meanwhile by late Thursday forces had claimed to have shot down not less than six helicopters, together with 4 Russian KA-52 Alligator assault helicopters throughout a battle for Gostomel air base on Thursday. A fifth helicopter was compelled to make an emergency touchdown on the subject beneath heavy hearth. 

Just after noon on Thursday, the skies over Kyiv swarmed with a squadron of 20 Russian helicopters which pounded the air base’s runway.  

But Ukrainian floor forces launched a fight-back, transferring in to retake the air subject as jets streaking over the town, capturing down the Russian helicopters.  

The assault underlined simply how shut the invaders have been to the capital. Soon after, the distant roar of fighter jets excessive above the town stoked one other wave of panic. 

The Ukrainians additionally reported their MiG jets shot down not less than one Mi-8 helicopter. 

Ukrainian forces additionally claimed to have shot down six Russian jets sky over the jap Donbass area whereas one other airplane appeared to fall from the skies close to the capital.  

Shortly after 7pm GMT on Tuesday, Russia’s defence ministry mentioned a Russian Antonov An-26 transport airplane carrying navy gear crashed in its southern Voronezh area close to Ukraine, killing all crew members on board.   

‘During a deliberate flight to transport navy gear, an An-26 plane of the Russian aerospace forces crashed,’ the defence ministry mentioned in an announcement carried by Russian information companies. 

‘The crew died,’ the assertion mentioned, with out offering any particulars. 

The defence ministry blamed gear failure for the crash, which it mentioned had not brought on any destruction on the bottom.

A defence ministry spokesman, talking to AFP, confirmed the crash however declined to say what number of crew members had been killed.

An-26 planes carry up to six crew members and up to 38 navy personnel. Overall, the Ukrainian armed forces claimed to have shot down 5 plane and 6 helicopters.   

Ukrainian forces downed a Russian fighter jet over Kyiv early on Friday (pictured, the wreckage) and later hit an airfield in Millerovo in Rostov, southern Russia, destroying not less than one Su-30SM round 10am native time (8am GMT)

Firefighters try to extinguish the flaming wreckage of an plane which was shot down over Kyiv on Friday morning

By Friday morning, the battle for Kyiv had begun after combating broke out in 20 miles from the town in the early hours earlier than clashes have been reported in a northern district only a few hours later 

A Russian helicopter is shot down someplace over Kyiv (left), whereas the wreckage of what seems to be a jet falls from the skies close to the capital (proper)

An picture captured close to Kyiv reveals what seems to be the wreckage of a downed Russian assault helicopter with a soldier parachuting out of it (to the left of the body)

Five helicopters have been downed or destroyed in the Gostomel area, together with this one which was compelled to make an emergency touchdown beneath heavy hearth as Ukrainian forces retook the air subject

Tanks  

Ukrainian forces destroyed dozens of Russian tanks alongside the jap and northern borders by the top of the day on Thursday, including two extra and a combating car in Trohizbenko to the tally early on Friday. 

According to the nation’s defence ministry,  the determine was greater than 30 by the top of Thursday. They additionally claimed to have destroyed ‘up to’ 130 armoured fight autos.  

Ukrainian forces put up a stiff resistance round Kharkiv the place a number of Russian tanks and armoured autos have been pictured destroyed – with our bodies mendacity in the streets. 

Later, one other BMP combating car was captured, alongside with the crew of 4 Russian troopers, in the identical area in jap Ukraine.  

And round 2pm native time (12pm GMT) the Ukrainian navy mentioned troops had destroyed 5 armoured transport autos and a automotive throughout combating on the Vistupovich-Rudnya border level between Ukraine and Belarus. 

An additional 15 T-72 tanks have been destroyed or broken by the Ukrainian forces utilizing the Javelin PTRK, an American anti-tank missile, almost Glukhov in the nation’s east late this afternoon. 

In different incidents, tank-busting rocket launchers donated by Britain have been mentioned to have destroyed Russian tanks, whereas Javelin missiles gifted by Sweden destroyed a column of enemy autos.

At least 15 T-72 tanks have been destroyed or broken by the Ukrainian forces utilizing the Javelin PTRK, an American anti-tank missile, almost Glukhov in the nation’s east late this afternoon

A BMP combating car was captured, alongside with 4 Russian troopers, throughout combating close to Kharkiv, in the east of Ukraine, on Thursday morning

Troops

Dozens of Russian troops have been captured by Ukrainian forces, Kyiv’s ministry of defence has claimed. Britain’s Ministry of Defence put Moscow’s losses round 450, although it was not clear if that included captured or useless troopers. 

Videos posted by the Ukrainian MoD early on Friday purported to present not less than 9 captured Russian troopers.

Several Russian troops videoed by their captors have claimed they believed they have been conducting coaching workout routines in the border areas and didn’t know they have been being despatched to invade Ukraine.  

The declare was echoed by the brigade commander of the 74th brigade of motorbike rifles, believed to be a reconnaissance platoon made up of 20 to 50 troopers, who allegedly surrendered to Ukrainian forces throughout combating on Thursday.   

Commander Konstantin Buynichev is alleged to have claimed he solely realized of the invasion on Wednesday and believed they have been returning dwelling. 

He allegedly mentioned: ‘Nobody thought that we have been going to kill. We weren’t going to battle – we have been accumulating info.’

The announcement of Buynichev and his troops’ seize was posted by the Ukrainian MoD with an image of a the commander with a bandaged arm and carrying a bloodied uniform which appeared to say ‘Russian Army’. 

Videos posted by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence early on Friday purported to present not less than 9 captured Russian troopers

Several Russian troops videoed by their captors have claimed they believed they have been conducting coaching workout routines in the border areas and didn’t know they have been being despatched to invade Ukraine

A Russian car with what seem to be corpses of Russian troops laying close by is seen on the streets of Kyiv on Friday after combating broke out in the suburbs

Ukrainian forces detain servicemen of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic who have been captured in the course of the Thursday morning assault in town of Schast’ye

Servicemen from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic have been captured by the Ukrainian navy on Thursday morning, hours after Russia launched an invasion of the nation

Ukrainian forces detain troops from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic on Thursday morning 

The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces later mentioned his troopers had captured your entire 74th brigade of motorbike rifles. The announcement was posted with an image of a person with a bandaged arm and bloody uniform which appeared to say ‘Russian Army’

The physique of a soldier, with out insignia, who the Ukrainian navy declare is a Russian military serviceman killed in combating, lies on a street outdoors the town of Kharkiv, Ukraine

Early Thursday, Ukrainian forces mentioned they’d captured two Russian troopers, recognized as Rafik Rakhmankulov, 19 and Mgomd Mgomdov, 26, from Kizilyurt, alongside with a cache of weapons and knives throughout combating outdoors Kharkiv, in the east of Ukraine. 

An additional 4 Russian troopers, the crew of a BMP combating car, have been captured by Ukrainian forces close to Luhansk on Thursday morning. 

They have been pictured mendacity face-down with their jackets pulled over their heads after being captured by Kyiv’s troops.   

Ukrainian service members have been additionally pictured on Thursday detaining troops from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic after they have been captured throughout an assault in town of Schast’ye in the morning. 

Estimates of useless and injured have been nearly non-existent as of early afternoon however one Ukrainian official put the Russian dying toll at round 50.  

Two Russian troops – believed to be Rafik Rakhmankulov, 19 (left) and Mgomd Mgomdov, 26, from Kizilyurt (proper) – have been captured by Ukrainian forces in the nation’s east

Weapons and knives seized from two Russian troopers captured by Ukrainian items combating round Kharkiv

The crew of a Russian BMP combating car are seen face-down with jackets pulled over their heads (left) after being captured by Ukrainian forces (their car is pictured, proper)

Russian claims

Russia claimed on Friday that greater than 160 Ukrainian troopers had surrendered to Moscow’s troops.  

The Russian Ministry of Defence mentioned the troops have been of ‘totally different safety buildings’, nevertheless it was not clear what this meant and the assertion didn’t present particulars. 

At least 11 of the troops reportedly laid down their weapons throughout combating in a metropolis in the nation’s south recognized to Ukrainians as Mykolaiv, and to Russians as Nikolaev. 

Among the troops have been not less than 10 troopers in Volnovakha in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic who have been captured by pro-Russian rebels in the realm. 

Moscow claimed the troopers could be ‘returned to their households’ after the scenario was ‘stabilised’.     

Russia has additionally claimed strikes launched by its navy yesterday had destroyed 74 Ukrainian navy floor services, 11 airfields, three command posts and 18 radar stations controlling Kyiv’s anti-aircraft batteries. 

Later experiences claimed Moscow had downed one in every of Ukraine’s helicopters, 5 fighter jets and 5 drone plane and destroyed 18 tanks and different armored autos, seven flashlight jet programs, 41 items of particular navy car gear and 5 warships.  

Among the troops have been not less than 10 troopers (pictured) in Volnovakha in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic who have been captured by pro-Russian rebels in the realm 

A Russian airplane crashed close to Voronezh on Thursday in what’s believed to have been a technical failure. All these on board perished – it’s unclear what number of