Ukraine “uses US-made Patriot missile system to shoot down Putin jet INSIDE Russia,” escalating shock
A Russian jet and other planes shot down on their own soil were reportedly hit by Ukraine’s powerful Patriot missile system.
Putin’s air force is said to have experienced one of its worst days since the war began, as Ukraine appeared to step up its offensive.
Two jets, a Su-34 and a Su-35, and two Mi-8 military helicopters were shot down over the Bryansk region last week.
Footage released online showed the military planes and helicopters taking a nosedive before crashing to the ground in an inferno.
The city where the first two planes crashed is in the south-eastern Bryansk region, about 25 miles from the Ukrainian border.
Another Mi-8 helicopter and a Su-35 single-seater fighter also crashed elsewhere in the region.
Then, just two hours later, footage showed the Su-34 falling from the sky and its burned wreckage lying on the ground.
Up to 11 Russian airmen have reportedly died, but their funerals are said to have been kept secret by authorities to save face.
After the crashes, there were conflicting reports. Russian news agencies claimed the plane was shot down by friendly fire because the target detection systems weren’t working.
Ukrainian reports also strongly denied that their forces were responsible, claiming they were hit by Russia’s own air defenses.
However, it is now claimed that Kiev carried out the attacks using its US-made Patriot air defense system.
The war-torn country reportedly targeted Putin’s fighter jets, suspecting they were ready to launch missiles at Ukrainian targets.
The Russian newspaper Kommersant said the planes were to “carry out a missile attack on targets in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine.”
Accordingly CNNThe publication said the helicopters were sent “to support them, including to pick up the Su crews if they were shot down by enemy fire.”
It has also been suggested that one of the helicopters may have been fitted with advanced jamming equipment.
The Patriot – which stands for “Phased Array Tracking Radar” for “Intercept on Target” – has a powerful radar, control station, power generator, launch stations and other support vehicles.
And most importantly, it is believed that it is the only missile system capable of firing as far as Bryansk.
Some experts have suggested that Ukraine may have shifted its air defenses towards the border in retaliation for Russia by deploying more “glide munitions” that can be fired from a distance.
The Patriot has proven to be an indispensable piece of equipment for Ukrainian fighters to intercept missiles and shoot down Russian “kamikaze” drones.
It costs a whopping $1.1 billion — $400 million for the system and $690 million for the missiles in a battery — but it gives Ukraine an invaluable advantage in defending against airstrikes.
Each rocket fired cost around US$4 million – meaning if Ukraine was behind the incidents there would have been a price.
The US confirmed the air defense battery was damaged after Russia launched a “merciless” bombardment of Kiev on Tuesday.
But the Patriot, which was delivered to the Ukraine just last month, is now operational again after minor repairs.
The country claimed it successfully shot down all six of Putin’s “unstoppable” Kinzhal missiles in the attacks.
When the jets and helicopters were shot down, the Patriot was still operating.
Locals who witnessed the crash and pro-war pros from Russia insisted it was spectacular Ukrainian attacks that led to the downing of the plane.
There was also speculation that Ukraine may have used American AIM-120 medium-range missiles in the attack.
A post on the Rybar Telegram channel said: “The missiles were fired practically horizontally,” the Rybar channel said.
“This version is supported by the fact that the Polish MiGs handed over to the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been modernized.”
Such a delivery of AIM-120 missiles from the USA is subject to secrecy.
Another Telegram post claimed that the Ukrainians “launched rockets from the Chernihiv region, reaching almost to the border”.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not comment on the incident.
Last year, Vladimir Putin was humiliated when his troops shot down one of their own $34 million fighter jets.