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Ukrainian Fighters Shoot Down Enemy Su-25 in Donbas: Wagner Pilot Captured

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Ukrainian Fighters Shoot Down Enemy Su-25 in Donbas: Wagner Pilot Captured

During the interrogation, the occupant shared many interesting things.

The Ukrainian military shot down a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft near Svitlodarsk, Donetsk region. The Wagner pilot was captured.

Ukrainian journalist Yuri Butusov announced it on Facebook.

He says the Russian attack aircraft is a trophy of soldiers of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade of the Black Zaporizhzhya. It was landed on June 18 with a shot from a portable Igla surface-to-air missile system.

The Ukrainian defenders successfully captured the Russian pilot Andrei Fedorchukov. During interrogation, he confessed he was a mercenary of the Wagner private military company.

Fedorchukov received 205,000 rubles per month for his participation in the war against Ukraine. On June 18, he received an order to attack an AFU strongpoint. Previously, the pilot flew to bomb Ukrainian cities.

The captive occupant had an American Garmin navigator and a smartphone with ProNebo software for more accurate navigation.

"Russian aviation has big problems with navigation. They don't trust their Glonass, everyone wants to use an American one. I wonder how many Garmins the Russian Armed Forces use and whether the Americans can track their movements? It would be valuable insights", noted Butusov.

The journalist called Fedorchuk "a major prize". The occupier treats Wagner fighters of Russia in a special way.

"Fedorchuk is very hopeful about the exchange. He understands he is a mercenary. He may not be subject to exchange and may suffer for crimes. Ukraine treats Wagner fighters in a special way. They have their hands in blood. They are specialists in killing civilians," the journalist writes.

We should add that Su-25 is a single-seat armoured infra-sound attack aircraft, designed to provide air support in the combat zone by day and at night when the target is visible, as well as to destroy objects with given coordinates in case of flying weather.