Su-24M of the Ukrainian Air Force. The yellow coloring of the lower surfaces is to prevent firing from their own ranks.
Shots of the wreckage
of a Ukrainian Mi-8
helicopter from the
deck of another
chopper of this type.
Damaged Ukrainian Mi-8MSB-V in digital
camouflage during ground transport.
Sequence of shots of a Ukrainian Tu-143 drone launching from an SPU-143 wheeled launcher.
Su-24M, carrying registration RF-93799 and bort
number “blue 45”, was hit above Bakhmut by the
portable missiles. Its crew members belonged to
the so-called Wagner mercenary group. Despite
the number thirteen in the date, the aviators were
lucky and managed to land the burning aircraft
at their home base. On February 23, the pilot of
the Su-25SM carrying registration RF-95143 and
bort number “yellow 37”, was not so lucky. On his
return from the combat mission, he crashed near
the village of Orekhovo in the district of Valyuki
in Belgorod area. The cause of the crash was
supposed to be a mechanical failure. The pilot from
the 266th Squadron of the Attack Aviation did not
During the reported period, loss of one Ukrainian
aircraft was confirmed. On February 13 near
Pishchanka in Vinnytsa area, while intercepting
the Iranian-made drones Shahed-136, a Mig-29
was destroyed. Its pilot, Lieutenant Dmytro
Shklyarevskyi saved himself on the ejection seat
but suffered injuries and had to be hospitalized.
From the hospital the pilot wrote that he had
survived by a miracle and an operation was
awaiting him. On the same day, the information
appeared in the Ukrainian media that after four
months long recovery Major Vadym Voroshylov
from 204th Brigade of the Tactical Aviation returned
to the duty. We wrote about him in the previous
parts of this series. On October 12 he shot down
five Shahed-136 drones and the debris from the last
one hit his Mig-29 and he also had to eject. Hanging
on the parachute he took a selfie of his bloodied
face – in this way he wanted to check his wounds.
Also, the images of the Ukrainian Mi-8, hit under
unknown circumstances in the previous period,
appeared. First, on February 13, an image of the
Mi-8MSB-V sporting digital camouflage and bort
number “yellow 88”, was published. The fuselage
of the damaged helicopter was filmed during its
ground transportation. Immediately next day, on
February 14, the video of another Mi-8MSB-V wreck
carrying digital camouflage, appeared. The wreck,
lying in the snow-covered countryside, was filmed
from the board of another Mi-8. No further details
are known at this time.
On February 21, the Ukrainian military intelligence
service GRU published the photograph of the
first Black Hawk helicopter in its service. Based
on the coloration it was determined that it was