Footage has emerged of the moment an alleged Russian jet was shot down over Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv earlier today.
Oleg Synegubov, the regional governor of Kharkiv, claimed that the Russian Su-25 fighter was destroyed by Kharkiv’s Air Defence Forces, which was later confirmed by the Kyiv Independent.
Video appears to show the plane erupts into a huge fireball as it is struck by two surface-to-air missiles (SAM) over Kharkiv’s city centre, before the twisted remains tumbled out of the sky and exploded again upon impact with the ground.
Ukrainian authorities confirmed the pilot managed to eject however, and is now being hunted down by Ukraine’s armed forces and territorial defence units in Kharkiv.
Synegubov said the plane was part of a squadron of between five and seven aircraft which have been conducting regular bombing runs over Ukraine’s second city.
Kharkiv is one of the cities worst hit by Russian bombing campaigns in recent days, after Putin ordered his forces to engage in sustained shelling of several locations across the country.
Ukrainian soldiers can be heard cheering at the sight of their occupiers’ burning aircraft streaking falling out of the sky, as the nation’s armed forces continue to put up a bitter fight against the Russian onslaught.
But Putin’s indiscriminate bombing campaigns, which have brought death and destruction to residential and administrative areas of Ukraine’s cities, are set to continue through the night.