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Early in the morning, 17 of August, Lughansk based "Army of the South-East" has shot down a MiG-29 (Fulcrum) fighter plane of the Ukrainian army. The spokesman for Kiev’s military operation Leonid Matyukhin confirmed it soon.
Meanwhile, commander of the pro-Kiev Donbass battalion Semyon Semenchenko wrote in his blog that "Despite strange media reports in the last few days that ‘rebels are in agony and running away,’ the situation has, on the contrary, deteriorated,” he said.
"Fierce fighting is continuing for control of Saur-Mogila [near Donetsk]. We are being counter-attacked,” he said.
Using of aviation is a big problem for Ukrainian military because of its worn condition, lack of practiced pilots and effective use of MANPADs by Novorossian militia. Kyev junta already has lost at least 17 military aircrafts including both reconaissance planes and 10 helicopters during 4 months of the war. Now it tries to get aircrafts from the Eastern Europe NATO members, some say that also with pilots.
Militia men from Lughansk already have made a video of the shot down MiG-29 which appeared to be a one of 114 Brigade Tactical Aviation craft stuff.