Ukraine claims targeting Russia's "most modern" fighter jet in recent strike

(MENAFN) Ukraine's Defense Intelligence (HUR) made a bold assertion on Sunday, claiming to have successfully targeted what it described as Russia's "most modern" fighter jet. According to reports disseminated on Telegram by HUR, the strike purportedly took place on Saturday and specifically aimed at a Sukhoi Su-57 aircraft stationed at the Akhtubinsk air base in Russia's Astrakhan region, situated approximately 589 kilometers (366 miles) from the active front line.

The assertion made by HUR was supported by purported satellite imagery that the agency shared on Telegram. These images were said to depict visible signs of damage, including "ruptures from the explosion and characteristic spots of a fire," believed to be linked to the alleged strike on the Su-57 aircraft.

In elaborating on the significance of the target, HUR emphasized that the Su-57 represents Russia's most advanced fighter jet, equipped with the capability to deploy sophisticated Kh-59 and Kh-69 missiles. Moreover, the agency underscored the relatively limited number of Su-57 units currently operational within Russia's military arsenal, enhancing the strategic value of the alleged strike.

Despite these claims, Russian authorities have yet to issue any official statements or responses regarding the incident reported by Ukraine's Defense Intelligence. The lack of confirmation or denial from Russia leaves the veracity of the claim subject to further scrutiny and investigation. If validated, however, the purported targeting of the Su-57 could signal a significant development in the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, potentially impacting the dynamics of the region's military landscape.



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