Putin Enraged by Destruction of Two Su-57 Fighter Jets; 'Punishment Deserved'

"Putin is really furious, and the reaction in the Kremlin is very intense and noticeable," said a spokesman for the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine

by Sededin Dedovic
Putin Enraged by Destruction of Two Su-57 Fighter Jets; 'Punishment Deserved'
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The Russian President Vladimir Putin is furious over a drone attack on a military airfield that hit two advanced Su-57 fighter jets, said a spokesperson for Ukrainian intelligence. The Su-57 is one of the most powerful aircraft in the world.

This assessment was made on national television by Andriy Yusov, spokesperson for the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine (HUR). His comments came after the agency announced on June 9 that two Russian Su-57 fighter jets were likely damaged in an attack on Aktubinsk airfield in the southern Russian republic of Astrakhan, about 590 kilometers from the current front lines in eastern Ukraine, as reported by Newsweek.

"This is big news: Putin is really furious, and the reaction in the Kremlin is very intense and noticeable," he said on June 10, according to Ukrainian media. "They tried to carefully hide and protect the Su-57 jets. These Su-57s never entered Ukrainian airspace because they feared they would be shot down.

But they failed," Yusov said. Yusov added that these aircraft were used for missile attacks on Ukrainian civilian targets and infrastructure. "So, the punishment is deserved," he said. In another statement on Wednesday, Yusov said that HUR could confirm that one Su-57 "suffered significant damage, while the other suffered minor damage and might be repairable." Ukraine also claims this is a serious problem for Russia.

Western weapones makes difference on battlefield

In April, General Christopher Cavoli, head of the U.S. European Command, told American lawmakers that Russia had lost about 10 percent of its aircraft fleet since Putin started the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Ukraine has managed to stabilize the northern front around Kharkiv despite an offensive launched by Russian forces a month ago, mainly due to an influx of weapons and permission to target locations within Russia.

High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS)© Ezra Acayan / Getty Images

However, Ukrainian forces are now stretched across other parts of the 1,000-kilometer-long front line and are quite helpless against Russian air strikes, reports CNN.

A senior officer of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) codenamed Banker, who is currently fighting in the Kharkiv region, told the American TV network that even the possibility of targeting Russian objectives across the border had a significant positive effect.

"It is now possible to conduct local counterattacks and retake territories that, for example, the enemy captured seven days ago," says the SBU officer. Kyiv's allies have long been determined that their military equipment should not be used for strikes inside Russian territory for fear of provoking Moscow's retaliation.

But this changed after the offensive in Kharkiv, with European countries including France and Germany first allowing Ukraine to change this policy, followed by the most important green light from Washington. "Our policy on the use of long-range weapons for attacks on Russia has not changed, but we have allowed Ukraine to fire back at Russian troops shooting at them, meaning they can destroy their artillery batteries while firing at Ukrainians, and I think this will be very, very useful for Ukraine in the future," said U.S.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to CNN. The American HIMARS system has thus become the main tool for targeting Russian positions, especially since Ukrainians received even more powerful ATACMS missiles. Fearing this weapon, the Russians began using expensive S-300 and S-400 systems in the Kharkiv region.

However, glide bombs remain an unresolved problem, as Russians launch them from such a high altitude that they are out of reach of Ukrainian air defense. "Unfortunately, we still don't have permission to target Russian planes at airfields with American weapons, and we don't have permission to use ATACMS missiles on Russian territory.

That's why we haven't yet managed to solve the problem of glide bomb attacks on our territory. Kharkiv and other border areas continue to suffer from bombings, and many civilians are dying because of them," said Yehor Cherniev, deputy chairman of the National Security, Defense, and Intelligence Committee of the Ukrainian parliament.

It has not been revealed what and how, but it seems that Ukrainians managed on Sunday for the first time to destroy two Russian Su-57 fighter jets stationed at an airbase in Russia. This was announced by the Ukrainian military intelligence service GUR, showing satellite images of the attack on the Akhtubinsk base, which is almost 600 kilometers from the border.

Russian pro-war blogger Fighterbomber confirmed the news, saying that the aircraft were hit by a drone. The Su-57 belongs to the latest generation of fighter jets, entered wider use only in 2022, and costs around 35 million dollars each.

The destruction of two advanced Su-57 jets marks a significant achievement for Ukraine, demonstrating their ability to strike. This development intensifies the conflict and highlights the vulnerabilities of Russian defenses.