Ukraine downed Russian Tu-22 bomber with makeshift anti-air systems — Budanov

Kyrylo Budanov
Kyrylo Budanov

Ukraine has managed to intercept Russia’s Tu-22M strategic bomber using anti-air equipment engineered "from scratch from old components," Ukrainian Defense Intelligence (HUR) chief Kyrylo Budanov told Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 on April 19.

Budanov claimed that Ukraine can strike Russian strategic aviation with "various systems."

“We use different systems; this time we've used one that we created from scratch out of old components,” said Budanov.

“There's been some modification. The engineers have worked hard, trust me.”

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Earlier on April 19, Russian Defense Ministry announced the crash of a Tu-22M3 strategic bomber in Stavropol Krai on its way back after a sortie. The ministry claimed "technical malfunctions" caused the accident.

Later, Ukrainian Air Force Commander Mykola Oleshchuk said that together with the HUR, Ukrainian forces have destroyed a Russian Tu-22M3 aircraft. These bombers regularly launch cruise missiles at Ukrainian cities.

A national security source told NV that the bomber was shot down by a modified Soviet-era S-200 air defense system from about 300 km away — the same means previously used to hit a Russian A-50 early warning and control aircraft.

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