(Dan Tri) – Ukrainian forces announced they shot down the fourth Russian Su-25 fighter jet in 2 weeks in Donetsk.

A Russian Su-25 aircraft (Photo: Wikipedia).

`The air defense force of Brigade 110 is continuing to punish (Russian aircraft) for illegally crossing the border,` the 110th Independent Mechanized Brigade announced on May 18.

`Another enemy Su-25 was shot down! Its remains are smoldering in Donetsk province,` the announcement added.

According to Pravda news agency, this is the fourth Russian Su-25 fighter that the 110th Brigade claimed to have shot down in the past 2 weeks.

On May 4, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the 110th Brigade shot down a Russian Su-25 fighter jet in Donetsk province.

`A special praise goes to the fighters of the 110th mechanized brigade for today downing another Russian Su-25 aircraft in the Donetsk region,` Mr. Zelensky added.

On May 11, Ukraine announced that the brigade’s soldiers shot down another Su-25 and another on May 13.

Russia has not yet commented on the above information.

According to the General Staff of Ukraine, Russia’s total losses in the all-out war with Ukraine amounted to at least 348 combat aircraft and 325 helicopters.

The Su-25 is a ground attack aircraft, designed to support ground forces both day and night.

As an attack force tasked with attacking Ukrainian targets on the ground, Russia’s Su-25 aircraft must face many challenges, especially from man-portable air defense missile systems (MANPADS) that the West uses.

In addition to a 30mm twin-barrel cannon with 250 shells, the Su-25 can carry more than 4 tons of ammunition, including missiles, rockets, guided and unguided bombs, and even additional artillery.

During the special military campaign in Ukraine, Russia often used Su-25 attack aircraft in close combat missions.

To avoid being detected by enemy radar, Russia’s Su-25 often flies low above the ground when on duty.

The fact that the Su-25 operates too close to the ground makes this aircraft a target for attack by the Ukrainian air defense system.

Russia is intensifying its attacks in many areas of Ukraine’s eastern front, covering much of Donetsk province, after taking control of the city of Avdiivka in February. Moscow is shifting its focus to Chasiv Yar,