Russische strategische bommenwerper neergeschoten infographic
Graphic shows specifications of Tu-22M3 strategic bomber.


Oekraïne zegt Russische strategische langeafstandsbommenwerper neergehaald te hebben

By Jordi Bou

April 19, 2024 - Ukraine says it has shot down a Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bomber for the first time, destroying a warplane capable of carrying cruise missiles used to attack Ukrainian cities.

"For the first time, anti-aircraft missile units of the air force in cooperation with the defence intelligence of Ukraine destroyed a Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bomber," Ukraine's military said in a statement on social media.

Russian officials said the plane had crashed over the southern Stavropol region while flying back to base and at least one member of the crew had died.

Ukraine and its Western allies say Russia has frequently used Tu-22M3s to bomb Ukraine. The plane that Ukraine said it shot down was used to carry Kh-22 cruise missiles for attacks on Ukrainian cities, according to the country's air force commander.

PUBLISHED: 19/04/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Alex Beltyukov