KYIV (Agencies): Ukraine’s military has shot down a Russian military spy plane over the Sea of Azov, according to Army chief Gen Valerii Zaluzhny.

The A-50 long-range radar detection aircraft and an Il-22 air control center were destroyed in the attack.

The A-50 detects air defenses and coordinates targets for Russian jets.

The loss of an A-50 would be significant for Russia’s air force, according to prominent pro-war Russian commentators.

The Il-22 command center was reportedly hit by Russian “friendly fire” and managed to land back in Russia.

Ukrainian Air Force commander Mykola Oleshchuk commented on the downing of the aircraft in a Telegram post, but did not provide details.

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