A fighter jet was shot down in the Kherson region. Telegram channels publish videos that capture the moment the plane crashed. Apparently, it was a Russian Su-35. It is reported that the pilot managed to eject.
The information that the plane was probably Russian and shot down by the Russian air defense system is published by both Ukrainian and Russian Telegram channels.
The Ukrainian Air Force reported that the plane was shot down near Nova Kakhovka.
On July 17, a Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber crashed near Alchevsk. Judging by the video with fragments of the crashed aircraft, this is a rare Su-34M (M means "modernized"; we are talking about a sample with an updated electronic system, high-precision weapons systems and a set of several hanging containers with reconnaissance equipment) with tail number RF-95890 from the 277th bomber aviation regiment of the 303rd mixed aviation division of the 11th Red Banner Army of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Eastern Military District.
Loyalist thematic Telegram channels spread the information that the fighter was shot down by mistake by friendly fire at the moment when the SAM crew was “working” on missiles launched by Ukrainians from the American HIMARS multiple launch rocket system. It is also reported that the crew successfully ejected and was evacuated. This information is partially confirmed by Ukrainian sources. The loss of the Russian fighter was recorded by Oryx, one of the most authoritative OSINT resources that collects data on the loss of military equipment during the war in Ukraine.