Ukraine Claims Russians Shot Down Their Own Su-25


The Russian military may really be its own worst enemy according to the Ukrainian Air Force’s commander. According to Euromaidan Mykola Oleshchuk issued a message on Telegram saying Russian ground forces shot down one of their own Su-25 ground attack aircraft on Sunday. “I can confidently state that it was not the Ukrainian air defense that shot down the Russian Su-25 attackĀ aircraft!” he wrote. “These were clearly the coordinated actions of Russian anti-aircraft troops, for which the entire Ukrainian people sends them great thanks!”

Russia said the plane went down in bad weather but it’s at least the second time it’s been alleged they’ve lost an aircraft to friendly fire. In September, U.K. intelligence officials said they took out one of their prized Su-35s in eastern Ukraine. Neither incident has been officially verified.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.


  1. (In Steve Erkle voice) Did I do that?

    It is interesting that the Russians, who currently have almost total air superiority in Ukraine, are so trigger happy to apparently shoot at anything with wings.