The founder of the private military company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, confirmed the information that on February 13, a Su-24 fighter jet, on which he had previously flown, was shot down. According to the businessman, the pilot “performed a miracle, landed a burning car.” The aircraft is said to be under repair.
“Yes, indeed, it was this aircraft that was attacked today from the ground by enemy air defense systems,” Mr. Prigozhin said in a comment published by his press service in Telegram.
A week ago, the press service of Mr. Prigozhin published a video with a businessman on board a fighter jet. It was alleged that the recording was made during a sortie in Bakhmut (Artemovsk). Mr. Prigozhin on video invited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to “meet in the sky.” “Tomorrow I will land on the MiG-29, if there is a desire, we will meet in the sky. If yours takes, take Artemovsk, if not, we go to the Dnieper, ”said the businessman during the departure.
Yevgeny Prigozhin has previously said that Bakhmut is needed to enable Russian troops to “act comfortably.” He praised the training of the Ukrainian military and urged Volodymyr Zelensky not to surrender the city. The Ukrainian president assured that Kyiv would fight for the city as long as it could.