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Ukrainian pensioner ‘shoots down £74m Russian Su-34 jet with RIFLE and wins medal’

A Ukrainian pensioner shot down a Russian Su-34 jet with a rifle and threw it to the ground, a government agency said.

Valeriy Fedorovych opened fire as the enemy plane flew over Chernhiv, according to Ukraine’s State Border Service.

The shooter has picked up the jet, which costs an estimated £74million, and footage shows it returning to Earth while a crowd cheered its demise.

Footage shows a plane hurtling towards the ground after being shot by Ukrainian pensioner Valeriy Fedorovych, the Ukrainian border service said

Footage shows a plane hurtling towards the ground after being shot by Ukrainian pensioner Valeriy Fedorovych, the Ukrainian border service said

Valeriy Fedorovych opened fire as the enemy plane flew over Chernhiv, Ukraine's State Border Service said

Valeriy Fedorovych opened fire as the enemy plane flew over Chernhiv, Ukraine’s State Border Service said

The State Border Service praised his “heroism” and awarded him a medal in footage they shared on their social media.

He was hailed for his “help protecting the state border.”

The footage shows Fedorovych walking through the city, which was mostly destroyed by Russian bombing, with a rifle slung over his shoulder.

He retrieved some of the debris from the ‘exploded’ jet and keeps it in his garage.

His story is one of many stories about the remarkable bravery of Ukrainian civilians in the face of Putin’s barbaric invasion.

He retrieved some of the debris from the'exploded' jet and keeps it in his garage

He retrieved some of the debris from the ‘exploded’ jet and keeps it in his garage

The State Border Service praised his

The State Border Service praised his “heroism” and awarded him a medal in footage they shared on their social media

The shooter has picked up the jet, which is estimated to cost £74million, and footage shows it returning to Earth

The shooter has picked up the jet, which is estimated to cost £74million, and footage shows it returning to Earth

Advancing Ukrainian forces defiantly hoisted their flag over a recaptured village in Kherson as their bold counteroffensive continued to push back invading troops.

The powerful image shows the three soldiers raising the blue and yellow national flag as a symbol of resistance over the roof tiles of Vysokopillya.

The photo, shared by Presidential Assistant Kyrylo Tymoshenko, recalls the iconic image of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima taken by US Marines during the final stages of the Pacific War in 1945.

Taking the village would be a tangible territorial gain in a counteroffensive that began last week and is aimed at the south of the country.

A major focus of the new military effort is the Kherson region, which was captured by Russian forces at the start of the current conflict.

Advancing Ukrainian forces have defiantly raised their flag over a recaptured village in Kherson

Advancing Ukrainian forces have defiantly raised their flag over a recaptured village in Kherson

U.S. Marines from the 5th Division's 28th Regiment raise a flag atop Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima in one of the most iconic images of the war

U.S. Marines from the 5th Division’s 28th Regiment raise a flag atop Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima in one of the most iconic images of the war

A house burns after being hit by a Russian military strike as Russia's assault in Ukraine continues in Bakhmut today

A house burns after being hit by a Russian military strike as Russia’s assault in Ukraine continues in Bakhmut today

Raising the flag on Iwo Jima

One of the most iconic images of war and a defining photograph of the 20th century was captured in February 1945.

Used by Japan as an early warning station, Iwo Jima was located near the Mariana Islands where US bombers were based.

Some 40 Marines were ordered to raise a giant American flag on Mount Suribachi even though the battle for Iwo Jima with Japan was not over.

The area was not declared “safe” until 31 days after the flag was raised.

Another group was sent up with a second flag to replace the first, this raising being captured by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal.

The Marines kept the original flag and the Navy Secretary got the second one, which flew over Mount Suribachi for the rest of the battle.

This photo, titled “Raising The Flag On Iwo Jima,” was taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

Both flags are now in the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Virginia.

Kherson is north of the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow occupied and annexed in February and March 2014.

In Sunday’s late-night remarks, Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked his forces for taking two settlements in the south and a third, along with additional territory in the east, citing “good reports” from his military commanders and intelligence chief.

After intensive shelling by Ukrainian forces on groups of Russian troops in the region, the Russians have banned the movement of residents and banned them from crossing the Dnipro River, Ukraine’s General Staff said on Monday.

Russia has launched 25 missile strikes and more than 22 airstrikes on military and civilian targets in Ukraine in the past 24 hours, the statement added, and remains focused on gaining complete control of the Donetsk region.

Russian authorities said the situation around the Russian-held Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine was calm after UN inspectors said on Saturday it had once again lost external power.

Three powerful explosions were heard in Energodar, the curfew-hit town where the plant is located, but there were no immediate details of damage and casualties, Russia’s official TASS news agency said on Monday.

Ukrainian troops made two attempts to deploy strike teams near the city, sources said, adding that they used drones, heavy artillery and missile launch systems.

The last external main power line was cut, although a back-up line maintained power to the grid, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said.

Only one of its six reactors remained operational, it said.

A view of a damaged warehouse after the bombing as the Russo-Ukrainian War rages on in Kramatorsk

A view of a damaged warehouse after the bombing as the Russo-Ukrainian War rages on in Kramatorsk

Ukrainian firefighters put out a fire in a residential building after a Russian military strike in Bakhmut

Ukrainian firefighters put out a fire in a residential building after a Russian military strike in Bakhmut

Ukrainian soldiers fire on the front lines in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian soldiers fire on the front lines in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine

A major focus of the new military effort is the Kherson region, which was captured by Russian forces at the start of the current conflict

A major focus of the new military effort is the Kherson region, which was captured by Russian forces at the start of the current conflict

Russian troops seized the plant shortly after President Vladimir Putin sent his army across the border on February 24.

It has become a focal point of conflict. Each side has blamed the other for the shelling that has raised fears of a nuclear catastrophe.

Vladimir Rogov, a pro-Russian official in the Zaporizhia region, told Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda that there had been no shelling or incursions and that IAEA experts were expected to work at the facility until at least Monday.

Last week an IAEA mission visited the facility, which is still operated by Ukrainian personnel, and some experts stayed there pending the release of an IAEA report.

Russia has resisted international calls to demilitarize the area.

On other fronts, Ukrainian Telegram channels reported explosions at the Antonivsky Bridge near the Russian-held city of Kherson.

Ukrainian missiles have severely damaged the bridge in recent weeks, but Russian troops have attempted to repair it or set up a pontoon crossing or barges to keep supplies to their units on the right bank of the Dnieper River.

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Andrew Kugle

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