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Russian forces shot down their own jet on March 28, Ukrainian Navy confirms

29 March, 2024 Friday
21:10

Ukrainian Navy spokesman Dmytro Pletenchuk confirmed that on March 28, Russian forces shot down their own fighter jet over Crimea

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He stated this during a telethon

"We confirm that this aircraft belonged to the Russian Federation and that it was destroyed by their own forces. They were on the alert, they were on combat alert," Pletenchuk said. 

According to the Ukrainian Navy, the fighter pilot was rescued, but the aircraft was "effectively destroyed". 

Commenting on the reasons why the Russian forces shot down their own aircraft, Pletenchuk said that the human factor could have been at work in this case: "one of the operators simply shot down his own plane because he really wanted to get a medal for shooting down the plane, so he did not bother to find out whether it was his own or someone else's." 

  • On March 28, a Russian military plane crashed into the sea near Sevastopol, and the pilot ejected. Russian media suggest that the plane was a Su-27 fighter jet.
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