The aggressor country of the

Russian Federation

 is almost certainly using its latest Su-57 fighters to launch missiles over Ukraine, but it is doing so only from its territory so as not to lose its modern aircraft.

This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain.

It is noted that the Su-57 FELON is the most advanced fifth-generation Russian supersonic combat jet that uses stealth technologies and the most advanced avionics.

The Russian Aerospace Forces have almost certainly been using it since at least June 2022. 

However, these

Su-57 missions were probably limited to flying over Russian territory and launching long-range air-to-surface or air-to-air missiles into the territory of Ukraine. 

The latest commercially available images show five FELONs stationed at Akhtubinsk Air Base (Astrakhan Oblast, RF), home to the 929th Flight Test Center.

Since this is the only known base for Su-57s, these aircraft probably participated in operations against Ukraine.

"Russia is likely to prioritize avoiding the reputational damage, reduced export prospects, and compromise of sensitive technology that could result from any Su-57 loss over Ukraine. This suggests that Russia continues to be risk-averse regarding the use of its military of the air force in the war", - added in Britain.

It will be recalled that during the day, the Armed Forces eliminated almost 600 occupiers and shot down three enemy helicopters.

Thus, as of January 9, 2023, the total combat losses among enemy personnel are about 111,760.

As reported, anti-aircraft guns in the east shot down an enemy Ka-52 helicopter and an Orlan drone.

Earlier  , a Russian plane

flying to Rostov caught

fire in the sky over Mariupol .

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