Jun 10, 2024 - World

Ukraine strikes Moscow's most advanced fighter jet inside Russia

Fighter Su-57

Fighter Su-57 seen in the sky over Zhukovsky, Russia, in 2021. Photo: Mihail Siergiejevicz/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ukraine announced Sunday that it had successfully targeted Russia's most advanced fighter jet for the first time ever in a strike inside Russian territory.

Why it matters: The strike came weeks after the U.S. and other allies gave Kyiv permission to use Western advanced long-ranged weapons to strike targets inside Russia.

Driving the news: Ukraine's defense intelligence agency (GUR) announced Sunday that it had targeted a Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jet the day before and that satellite images confirmed the strike.

  • The attack took place at the Akhtubinsk airfield in Russia's Astrakhan region, about 366 miles behind the front lines, GUR added.
  • "The Su-57 is Moscow's most advanced fighter" jet that can carry two different types of cruise missiles. The Russian military has a limited number of them, the GUR added.
  • The GUR did not specify exactly how the strike was carried out.

State of play: The Su-57 is a stealth fighter jet that was seen as Russia's answer to Western stealth jets, such as the U.S. Air Force's F-22 Raptor.

  • It's unclear exactly how many of the jets Russia has, per CNN.
  • In the wake of the attack, Russian military bloggers have criticized the lack of hangars to protect the stealth jets, according to the Institute for the Study of War.

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