Russians shared photo of damaged Il-22. Ukrainian military: Landed, but "resuscitation" won't help
Part of the damaged Il-22 (Photo: social networks)

Russian military propaganda shared a photo, purportedly showing the damaged Il-22 airborne command post, in Telegram channels. At the same time, Air Force spokesperson Yuriy Ignat mentioned that the aircraft seemed to have landed but remains irreparable.

Ukraine's Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, confirmed the downing of two enemy aircraft: the Il-22 and the A-50 long-range radar detection plane.

Around the same time, the Air Force confirmed the information, adding an infographic listing the Il-22 and A-50 as "destroyed."

Later, a photo circulated online, claiming to show the damaged Il-22. Russians noted that the aircraft managed to land in Anapa.

Фото: соцмережі
Photo: social networks

"It seems the Il-22 did reach Anapa. A resilient creature. But, as you can see, 'recovery is not an option'. So, no matter how you turn it, the target is destroyed; recovery won't help! The aircraft was on fire, with injured crew members aboard," Ignat responded.

He emphasized that the A-50 was the Ukrainian military's priority, and "until today, destroying this aircraft seemed like an insurmountable task for the Air Force."

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