UKRAINIAN forces have claimed to have shot down another Russian warplane, the remains of which are burning in a field.
The SU-35, costing £38million, was crashed near the town of Izyum in the Kharkiv region, according to local Nexta news agency.
MP Anton Gerashchenko said the pilot got out and was caught trying to escape.
Ukrainian authorities say they shot down two planes and a helicopter in the past 24 hours.
Ukrainian officials said March 18 that troops firing a Stinger shoulder-launched missile destroyed a SU-34.
A week later, officials in Kyiv claimed another suspected SU-34 was shot down at “mobile” air defense units.
A Russian SU-25 jet was shot down over Kharkiv in early March, sources say.
The plane turns into a fireball as it plummets to the ground, much to the delight of Ukrainians watching below.
Kharkiv regional governor Oleg Synegubov said at the time his city’s air defense forces subdued the target with two surface-to-air missiles.
The plane can be seen swerving over Ukraine’s second largest city as people cheer before it plummets to the ground and explodes again on impact.
The news comes after claims two Russian soldiers died afterwards Eat cakes laced with poison presented to them by Ukrainian citizens.
The soldiers of the 3rd Motor Rifle Division are said to have died instantly after receiving the delicacies as a “gift” from local people in Izium.
Another 28 Russians are said to have been taken to intensive care after the poisoning, while hundreds of others are said to be suffering from “serious illnesses” from poisoned food and drink.
Ukraine’s Intelligence Ministry wrote on Saturday: “Ukrainians are resisting the occupiers with all available means.
“According to available information, residents of Izium district (Kharkiv region) ‘treated’ Russians of the 3rd Motorized Rifle Division of the Russian Federation with poisoned pies.
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“As a result, two squatters died at once, and another 28 were taken to intensive care. Your current condition will be clarified.”
Izium is expected to see more fighting in the coming weeks as Putin is known to be redeploying his troops for fighting in eastern Ukraine.
It comes like Ukraine said it had regained control of the Kyiv region, with Russian troops withdrawing from around the capital and the city of Chernihiv.
Ukrainian officials said Saturday their forces had retaken more than 30 towns and villages around Kyiv, claiming full control of the capital region for the first time since the Russian invasion began.
“The entire Kyiv region is liberated from the invaders,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian prosecutors have opened an investigation into possible war crimes committed by Russia 410 bodies found in cities near Kyiv and 140 of them have been investigated, Prosecutor General Iryna Venedyktova said on TV on Sunday.
Russia has denied allegations that its forces killed civilians in the city of Bucha, near Kyiv.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday accused Russia of committing genocide in his country, as Western leaders condemned images of dead Ukrainian civilians in a town outside the capital Kyiv, which was abandoned by Russian forces.
“Indeed this is genocide. The annihilation of the whole nation and people,” Zelenskyy told CBS’s Face the Nation news program through a translator.
“We are citizens of Ukraine and do not want to submit to the policies of the Russian Federation. That is why we are being destroyed and exterminated.”
Boris Johnson has condemned Russia’s “despicable attacks” on Ukrainian civilians in Irpin and Bucha, adding that “we will not rest until justice is done”.
The prime minister said “no denial or disinformation from the Kremlin” could hide that President Vladimir Putin was “desperate” and “his invasion is failing”.
In a statement, Mr Johnson said the UK was “boosting” its sanctions and military support and “boosting” humanitarian assistance to people on the ground.
He added: “Britain has been at the forefront of support for the International Criminal Court’s investigation into atrocities committed in Ukraine.
“The Attorney General has authorized additional financial assistance and the deployment of special investigators – we will not rest until justice is done.”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18153509/russian-fighter-jet-downed-ukraine-war-invasion/ The wreckage of a £38million Russian fighter burns in the field and the pilot kneels by after it was blown up by Ukrainians