Saturday, April 20, 2024

Russian mercenaries shot down military plane

Russia’s Wagner mercenary group reportedly shot down military transport aircraft in the Voronezh region.

Video emerging on social media showed a burning Russian plane crashing down.

Based on the plane’s silhouette in the video, it could have been a special mission aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces.


Some sources reported that it was a Russian Il-22 Coot airborne command post and electronic warfare aircraft with the tail number RA-75917.

It is worth noting that the Wagner troops are being covered by the Pantsir-S1 truck-mounted road-mobile air defense system armed with command-guided surface-to-air missiles and a pair of twin-barrel 30mm automatic cannons.

Russia accused mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin of armed mutiny on Friday after he alleged, without providing evidence, that the military leadership had killed a huge number of his fighters in an air strike and vowed to punish them.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more