Burning Russian plane plunges from sky and blows up in field

This is the moment a burning Russian plane plunges from the sky and explodes in a field after being hit by a Ukrainian missile. The Ukrainian military said the plane was downed near the city of Novaya Kakhovka located in the southern region of Kherson Oblast. Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on July 19: "Video of a downed Russian Su-35 fighter jet in the area of Novaya Kakhovka. Glory to Ukraine! Together to victory." The footage shows a burning wreck dropping from the sky while leaving behind a trail of black smoke. The large object, apparently a destroyed fighter jet, then hits the ground in a field and explodes in a huge fireball. Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a "special military operation." The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 20, Russia had lost about 38,750 personnel, 1,700 tanks, 3,905 armoured combat vehicles, 856 artillery units, 250 multiple launch rocket systems, 113 air defence systems, 221 warplanes, 188 helicopters, 703 drones, 167 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,775 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 70 units of special equipment. Turkey has said that a resumption of Ukraine's grain exports via the Black Sea is "probable" following a meeting with Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations to discuss "small problems." EU foreign ministers have agreed to a EUR-500-million funding package to supply weapons to Ukraine, bringing the total since February to EUR 2.5 billion. EU foreign ministers are also reportedly discussing a ban on the import of Russian gold. Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with Iranian leaders and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran. Amid the visit, the National Iranian Oil Company and Russian energy giant Gazprom signed a memorandum of understanding worth around USD 40 billion. While President Putin was in Tehran, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed both the head and deputy director of his country's spy agency. He also sacked Ukraine's prosecutor general and several regional security heads following the emergence of more than 650 cases of alleged collusion or treason. Meanwhile, Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska has been in Washington, where she has held talks with senior figures including US first lady Jill Biden. She will address lawmakers on Capitol Hill today (July 20) in an apparent bid to secure Kyiv more military aid from the USA. And Russian independent television channel TV Rain, which was taken off the air by the Russian authorities in early March, has resumed broadcasting from Latvia. The Kremlin blocked the channel shortly after the invasion of Ukraine began because it had described it as a ‘war' rather than a "special military operation." Internal dissent has continued with Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina calling for an end to the "war" in a recent interview with Russian blogger Vitya Kravchenko. The 25-year-old Russian number one and world number 12 living in Dubai described the invasion as a "full-blown nightmare."

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