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The Ukrainian Army shot down a Russian long-range bomber used to launch cruise missiles

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The Ukrainian Army shot down a Russian long-range bomber used to launch cruise missiles

Ukraine claimed to have shot down a Russian long-range bomber used to launch cruise missiles this Friday, for the first time since the start of the invasion more than two years ago.

“For the first time, anti-aircraft missile units of the Air Force, in collaboration with the intelligence services of the Ukrainian Defense, have destroyed a Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bomber,” the Ukrainian army said in a statement.

The Ukrainian military intelligence service, the GUR, said that the air impact occurred “at a distance of about 300 kilometers from Ukraine,” and that the bomber “was able to fly to the Stavropol area” in southern Russia, where it crashed.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not confirm that one of its planes was the target of Ukrainian fire.

However, a military source told the state agency TASS that a Tupolev-22M3 supersonic bomber “crashed in the Stavropol area after a combat mission, and while returning to its base.” According to the same source, the device did not have weapons on board.

The governor of the Stavropol region, Vladimir Vladimirov, stated on the Telegram network that a Tupolev-22M3 crashed in the area due to a “technical” incident, and that at least one crew member was killed. Two other crew members were found alive, and rescue services are looking for a fourth member.

In the Dnipropetrovsk region of east-central Ukraine, at least eight people, including two children aged six and eight, were killed and 25 others wounded in overnight Russian bombings, according to the Interior Ministry. The Ministry warned that the toll could rise as the search continues through the rubble of residential buildings that were hit in the city of Dnipro and in another nearby town, Synelnykove.

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In total, Russia fired 22 missiles and 14 explosive drones early this Friday at targets in Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian Air Force, which claimed to have shot down 29 of those projectiles.

Ukraine has an “urgent and critical need” to receive more anti-aircraft defenses, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed this Thursday on the sidelines of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers on the Italian island of Capri.

Stoltenberg said NATO members made “encouraging” announcements about military aid for Ukraine, but that “there is an urgent and critical need” for more air defenses.

For its part, Russia affirmed this Thursday that a new allocation of aid from the United States to Ukraine, which has been blocked in Congress in Washington for months and will be voted on Saturday, will not change the situation on the front.

Ukraine reiterates to Western powers that it urgently needs more ammunition and anti-aircraft defense systems in the face of Russian forces that are on the offensive.

(With information from AFP)

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