The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that a Russian SU-25 fighter jet was shot down in the Belgorod region, close to Russia's border with Ukraine, and the pilot was killed.
The cause of the crash was described as a "technical glitch," TASS news agency reported.
The plane crashed in an uninhabited area.
Russian Sukhoi Su-25 attack aircraft crashed near Valuyki in the Belgorod Oblast of Russia this morning.— Status-6 (@Archer83Able) February 23, 2023
The pilot sustained injuries incompatible with life and died in the hospital. Russian Defense Ministry stated that the crash was caused by technical malfunction. pic.twitter.com/hMzDWExEMi
Earlier, in a post on the Telegram messenger app, Belgorod's governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said that emergency services and investigators were on the scene of the crash near the town of Valyuki, and that the cause was being investigated.
Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine's Kharkiv region, has repeatedly come under fire since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine a year ago.