KIEV, July 02. /ITAR-TASS/. A Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name Frogfoot) attack aircraft crashed when landing on Wednesday in the airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported.
“During the landing approach, the pilot of the Su-25 plane felt changes in the aircraft’s controllability,” the report said. “The pilot tried to land the plane but had to eject.”
“There were no victims or damage to the airport,” the ministry said.
June 3, popular mayor of Sloviansk Vyacheslav Ponomaryov stated that people’s militia representatives shot down a Su-25 attack jet aircraft abnd a helicopter of Ukrainian Air Force.
June 14, militiamen of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic stated that they managed to down a Su-24 tactical bomber.
“Two Su-24 attacked the office of the Department of the Interior in Horlivka with cluster bombs. One of the jets was shot down with a MANPAD [man-portable air defense system],” a militia representative said. He added that the plane fell outside the town and the pilot managed to eject.
Su-25 is a Russian strike-fighter designed to provide close air support for ground units amid direct vision of the target, as well as to destroy objects with specified coordinates in any weather conditions.