Ukraine’s Air Force reported that 17 Russian aerial targets were brought down on April 23.

Three Russian combat jets, a Su-35, Su-34 and Su-25 were preliminarily shot down, the military branch said on its Facebook page.

Nine war drones were also destroyed and five Russian cruise missiles, the statement said.

Two missiles targeting the Black Sea port city of Odesa were intercepted. Five projectiles, however, struck civilian targets, killing at least eight people, including a three-month-old baby.

Overall, the Ukrainian military estimates that 180 Russian combat aircraft have been destroyed since Kremlin autocrat Vladimir Putin ordered a renewed invasion of the country on Feb. 24 by launching a full-scale assault.

More than 150 Russian combat helicopters and nearly 200 unmanned aerial vehicles have also been downed, according to Kyiv’s estimates.


Russia hasn’t officially disclosed its combat losses in the multi-pronged invasion.

Putin first invaded Ukraine in 2014 when he ordered troops to forcibly seize the country’s Crimean Peninsula and occupy parts of the easternmost regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.

The war is the biggest in Europe since World War II, causing the deaths of thousands of lives and a humanitarian catastrophe.


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