A pair of Su-25 fighter jets were first seen conducting airstrikes against Ukrainian positions in Balakleya, a city in Izium district on the north-east side of the Siverskyi Donets river.
Shortly afterward, another video showed the two Russian fighter jets flying very low. One of them was shot down by a missile, reportedly a MANPAD [Man-Portable Air Defense System]
The video is said to have been filmed in the Volkhov Yar area of Balakleya, and the two Su-25 jets can be seen flying about 20 meters from the ground when one of them is hit by a projectile, after which the aircraft can be seen falling.
Some Russian sources suggest that the pilot ejected from the aircraft, while others have reported that the pilot did not have time to eject because the aircraft was flying extremely low.
There were also reports that the pilot managed to land the combat aircraft safely without extending the landing gear. That said, the pilot’s fate remains unknown when writing this report.