Russian news outlet Kommersant reported that four aircraft, including two Russian warplanes and two military helicopters, were shot down in an area near the Ukrainian border on Saturday.
All four aircraft came down in the Bryansk region, well within Russian territory opposite northeast Ukraine’s Chernihiv region.
Kommersant said on its website that these were a raid team and were "hit almost simultaneously" in an ambush in the Bryansk area adjacent to the northeast of Ukraine.
"According to preliminary data ... the fighters were supposed to deliver a missile and bomb attack on targets in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine, and the helicopters were there to back them up - among other things to pick up the 'Su' crews if they were shot down."
It also added that one of the downed helicopters appeared to be a Mi-8MTPR-1 electronic warfare craft able to jam enemy radio and target signals, Defence Blog reported.
Kommersant said all four crews had been killed.
The Moscow Defense Ministry did not comment on the Kommersant report. There was no official response from Ukraine, Reuters reported.
However, Adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed on Twitter that 4 warplanes were shot down:
"An air group of two SU fighter jets (34 and 35) and two support helicopters flew over the Bryansk region to launch a "missile-bomb attack" (officially) on the civilian population of Chernihiv region in Ukraine. The air group was destroyed by "unidentified persons." Justice, as it is, and instant karma... "Killers on wings" were destroyed BEFORE the next crime would be committed..."
Russian state agency TASS, on the other hand, confirmed that a Russian Su-34 fighter jet had crashed, without specifying why.
TASS also cited an emergency services official as saying an engine fire in a helicopter had caused it to crash near Klintsy, which is about 40 km (25 miles) from the border.
But he did not mention the other three aircraft.
Kommersant was unable to provide any evidence that the four warplanes had been shot down. However, the allegations were also shared by other military blogs.
Source: Reuters - Defence Blog