Watch: Russian Fighter-Bomber Jet Down in Flames

Ukrainian anti-aircraft forces claim to have downed another Russian fighter-bomber jet, worth around $36 million, during heavy fighting in the east of the country.

Footage of the attack — released by Ukrainian officials — shows what is reported to be a Sukhoi Su-34 plunging to the ground, leaving a trail of smoke behind it.

As it hits the ground near Kharkiv, a huge plume of dark smoke rises into the sky as the jet apparently explodes on impact.

The Ukrainian city of Kharkiv has been subject to an intense bombing campaign by Russia, which has seen an untold number of civilians killed and buildings destroyed.

An additional image claims to show the downed aircraft burned and broken in a field.

Newsflash obtained the footage from the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which released it, along with the following statement, on April 3: "On April 3, 2022, anti-aircraft missile forces of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down another Su-34 fighter-bomber in Kharkiv region."

The Ukrainian military also released audio, which it says was intercepted and which reportedly reveals the Russians in the jet discussing a fire inside the aircraft immediately after being attacked, and agreeing to leave the area shortly before their plane falls to the ground.

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Ukrainian troops shot down another Su-34 fighter-bomber in Kharkiv region in April 2022. @GeneralStaffZSU/Zenger

The Sukhoi Su-34, reportedly worth $36 million (GBP 27.4 million; EUR 32.6 million), was first developed for the Soviet Union, with an initial flight in 1990. It finally entered formal service in the Russian Federation's Air Force in 2014.

While it is unclear if it was already in use by Russia in 2008 in the Russia-Georgia war, when Russia invaded its southern neighbor, its use in the Syrian Civil War by Russia in 2015 was widely reported.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence currently claims Ukrainian forces have inflicted massive losses on Russia, saying they have now killed roughly 18,000 soldiers and destroyed 644 tanks, as well as 1,830 armored vehicles. It also claims they have downed 143 warplanes and 134 helicopters as of April 3.

It also specifies that these numbers are by no means final, with intense fighting making it difficult to assess an accurate number for the time being and with further information expected to follow.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.