Ukrainian anti-aircraft gunners shoot down Russian warplane near Avdiivka
In the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian border guards destroyed a Russian combat aircraft, reportedly a Su-25, using a man-portable air defense system (MANPADS)
This was reported by the spokesman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Andriy Demchenko, according to RBC-Ukraine.
"Today, an air defense system of the border guard unit shot down an enemy combat aircraft, a Su-25 attack aircraft. An anti-aircraft missile fired by the border guards from a portable system hit an air target," Demchenko said.
According to him, after the hit, the plane started to smoke, lose altitude and disappeared over the horizon.
On October 28, the UK Ministry of Defense received information that Russian troops were unlikely to fulfill the Kremlin's expectations regarding the capture of Avdiivka.
The Institute for the Study of War believes that heavy losses of Russian equipment around Avdiivka are likely to undermine Russia's offensive potential in the long term.
On October 27, President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, discussed the situation at the front with the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Rishi Sunak.
Serhii Tsekhotskyi, an officer with the 59th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade named after Yakiv Handziuk, highlighted the success of Ukrainian Defense Forces in repelling Russian attacks near Avdiivka.
Military observer Denys Popovych said that the Russian army is trying to surround Avdiivka to bring Ukraine to the negotiating table.