The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) have shot down a Russian fighter jet and captured the pilot who helped to bomb Syria and met with President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday.
The SBU said on their Telegram channel, “The SBU video shows a downed Russian pilot, one of Putin’s aces [Russian President Vladimir Putin], who was awarded an audience with Bashar al-Assad for his atrocities in Syria.
“Bombing civilian cities is not a new thing for him.
“As the criminal himself explains, he does not think about such concepts as residential buildings and neighborhoods: There are just targets with coordinates.”
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The SBU added that the Russian pilot will now be interrogated and “will be responsible for all his atrocities, like thousands of other Russian invaders who came to the Ukrainian land with the war.”
The SBU video shows a downed Russian pilot, one of Putin's "aces", who was honored with an audience with Bashar al-Assad for his atrocities in Syria.
You can see their shared photo in the clip below.
Now he has a lot of long conversations ahead with SBU officers. https://t.co/f2yembdWsa
— Don 🇺🇦💉💉💉#TheBigLie #FreeNavalny Williamson (@DonWilliamson3) March 5, 2022
Also on Saturday afternoon in the Mykolaiv region, Ukrainian border guards together with Ukrainian troops detained two enemy pilots, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reports.
“Ukrainian soldiers detained the commander of the aircraft – the pilot of an enemy fighter and the navigator of this board. The crew ejected after our guys shot down the enemy plane,” they said on Facebook.
Two more Russian planes were shot down in the sky over Odesa region on Saturday afternoon, the pilots were captured and are to be interrogated, Head of Odesa regional military administration Maksym Marchenko said.
“At about three o’clock in the afternoon, our air defense forces shot down two enemy fighters!
“Many Odesa citizens heard an explosion today, it was one of the fighters that fell into the sea near Odesa, the other fell in the north of the region.
“Currently, the pilots have been captured and are being taken for interrogation,” Marchenko said in Telegram.
The head of the regional administration also said “two aircraft less means dozens of saved lives.”