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Video Shows Russian Aircraft Spiraling Out of Control Over Ukraine

A video of a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft spiraling out of control, apparently over Ukraine, has begun circulating on social media.

The video has been viewed over 150,000 times since it was posted on Twitter on Monday.

The video zooms in on the Su-34 as it spins while making a rapid descent and has the Hanz Zimmer song, No Time for Caution, made popular in the Christopher Nolan film Interstellaroverlaid.

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An Su-34 fighter-bomber with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev aboard flies over the Kubinka airfield near Moscow on March 28, 2009. Video footage has emerged showing a Sukhoi Su-34 spiraling out of control over Ukraine.
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Twitter page Visegrád 24 posted an image of a massive cloud of smoke claiming that Ukraine had brought down an Su-34.

“The Ukrainian Army has shot down a Russian Su-34 over Kharkiv this morning. Good Job Ukraine.” the page tweeted.

Visegrád 24 also referenced the Twitter page ‘Expat in Kyiv’ who earlier tweeted the picture.

“Russian Su-34 downed over Kharkiv this morning, 2 pilots ejected. No word yet if captured,” Expat in Kyiv tweeted.

Another tweet by the page showed a video depicting the moment of impact while also remarking on the cost of the jet.

English-language Ukrainian media outlet The Kyiv Independent similarly reported that a Russian Su-34 had been shot down on Monday.

“Ukraine’s air force says it shot down Russian Su-34. The fighter-bomber was downed in Kharkiv Oblast, the air force’s eastern command said on April 25,” it wrote in a tweet.

Newsweek has contacted the Ukrainian Defense Ministry for comment.

This video comes after Russia sent a formal note to the US demanding the country stop supporting Ukraine with military aid.

In an interview on state-owned TV channel Russia-24, Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the US, criticized Washington’s latest $800 million arms package for Ukraine.

Antonov said that sending weapons to Kyiv “does not contribute to the search for a diplomatic solution and settlement of the situation. This is a huge figure.”

Antonov said the Kremlin in its formal note stressed the “unacceptability” of the US supplying Ukraine with weaponry.

“We demanded an end to this practice,” the diplomat said.

He accused the US of “trying to raise the stakes even more and aggravate the situation.”

In a statement on April 13, Joe Biden announced the US was committed to sending weapons, ammunition and other security assistance for Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian military has used the weapons we are providing to devastating effect. As Russia prepares to intensify its attack in the Donbas region, the United States will continue to provide Ukraine with the capabilities to defend itself,” the statement read.

Biden said that he informed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of the assistance during a call and that the “steady supply” of weapons to Ukraine by the US and allies “has been critical in sustaining its fight against the Russian invasion.”

“It has helped ensure that Putin failed in his initial war aims to conquer and control Ukraine. We cannot rest now,” the statement continued.

“As I assured President Zelensky, the American people will continue to stand with the brave Ukrainian people in their fight for freedom,” Biden said.

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