The head of the mercenary Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, indicated today that the Russians could have shot down the four military machines that crashed on Saturday in Russia’s Bryansk region, according to Russian media. It was reported by the AP agency. The Russian agency TASS reported on Saturday about the crash of a helicopter and a Russian Su-34 fighter plane. The Russian newspaper Kommersant subsequently reported that even two Russian fighter jets and two Russian military helicopters were shot down, but Moscow did not confirm this.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Russian mercenary Wagner group
All four machines, Su-34 and Su-35 fighters and Mi-8 helicopters, allegedly belonged to the same military air group. The Bryansk region is adjacent to the northern part of Ukraine and also to Belarus. Similar to the Belgorod region, this region has reported shelling or drone attacks on its territory quite often since the Russian invasion of the neighboring country.
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On Sunday, the spokesman of the Ukrainian Air Force denied that Ukraine was involved in the downing of the machines. During his appearance on Ukrainian television, he suggested that Russia itself could be responsible for the downing of the machines. He later retracted his comment, saying it was an attempt at a joke.Read more Kommersant: Four Russian military machines were shot down in Russia’s Bryansk region
But as the AP agency noted, Yevgeny Prigozhin came up with a similar hypothesis. “Four planes… when you draw a circle at their crash sites (And they are all really in a circle) it turns out that this circle has a diameter of 40 kilometers… now go on the Internet and see what type of anti-aircraft weapon could be in the center of this circle, and then create your own version (of events),” Prigozhin said in a telegram.
Prigozhin, whose fighters are trying to capture the Ukrainian Bakhmut, has in the past repeatedly criticized the Russian army for its strategy in Ukraine and for allegedly insufficient supplies of ammunition.
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Source: Pravda – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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