A Russian AF Sukhoi Su-34 crashed under unknown circumstances in Klintsy. Both crew members died in the crash.
A Russian AF Mil Mi-8 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances in the Bryansk region. Both pilots died in the crash.
“A Su-34 has crashed not far from the Ukrainian border. The fate of those on board is being established,” the source said, adding that the circumstances of the crash were being established.
This was also reported by Russian media outlet Readovka, who said: “Two helicopters and fighter-bombers were shot down by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Our pilots were ambushed and we are talking about a carefully planned operation.
Michael Horowitz, head of intelligence at security consultancy firm Le Beck International, shared footage he claimed showed the first Mi-8 helicopter being “shot down” on Twitter.
Anton Gerashchenko, the adviser to the Ukrainian Internal Affairs Ministry, also shared a video that appeared to show the burning wreckage of the Russian Su-34 jet.
“Russian Telegram channels post a video from Klintsy, Bryansk region, saying it is a Su aircraft that is burning,” he tweeted.
But Russian authorities on Saturday insisted the cause of the crash was engine failure.