Georgian_Ossetian_Conflict

 

Previous information

 

Friday 8th August 2008
Georgian
Air Force
Su-25       shot down in Georgian-Ossetian Conflict ???   K-36
Several versions of events - none confirmed - possibly even the loss reported for the 9th August [see next entry]

version 1. pilot ejected injured captured POW
version 2. pilot ejected injured captured died of injuries
version 3. pilot ejected injured killed on ground by Ossetian military

9th August 2008
??

Georgian
Air Force
Su-25     Shot down in Georgian-Ossetian Conflict over Tskhinvali ??   K-36
Claims by Russian Military that they captured a pilot who ejected from a Georgian Su-25. On landing the pilot is said to to have broken both legs and suffered a damaged spine. They also inferred that the pilot was of "Arab" origin. (Source: "Osinform")
NOTE

No definite confirmation
No acknowledgement by the  Georgians on any losses

Saturday 9th August 2008
Russian Air Force
Su-25     Shot down in Georgian-Ossetian Conflict ??   K-36
Russian Military acknowledge the loss of first Su-25. No definite information concerning the pilot
Saturday 9th August 2008
Russian Air Force
Tu-22M3(R-???)
'Backfire'
   

 Shaykovka

 
Claimed shot down in Georgian-Ossetian Conflict by the Georgian air defense Tskhinvali.

Speculation from various sources suggest a surface to air missile brought the aircraft down
     
Russian Military acknowledge the loss of a reconnaissance version of the Tu-22 being lost due to technical faults over Georgian territory
 

If the aircraft lost was a
Tu-22M3
"Backfire C" version their will have been a crew of up to four.
     pilot
     co-pilot
     bombardier
     defensive systems operator

The aircraft has also been reported as a reconnaissance version -
Tu-22M3R "Backfire 'D'

in both versions each crew member sits on a forward facing, upward firing ejection seat. The seats are similar to the KM-1.

Extra details / amendments welcomed

Colonel Igor Zinov
ejected
received minor burns and spinal injuries
.
Captured - POW
taken to
Gudushauri National Medical Centre, Tblisi for treatment
[shown being interviewed on Georgian media]
Major Vyacheslav Malkov
ejected
received minor burns and spinal injuries
.
Captured - POW
Taken to
Gudushauri National Medical Centre, Tblisi for treatment
[shown  on Georgian media]
Colonel Igor Rzhavitin
ejected
killed


[helmet and body shown  on Georgian media]

???
ejected
captured
???
[or is this referring to the Su-25 pilot]
[Nothing shown, nor any name mentioned in or on Georgian media]
Russian media and news groups also mentioning the names and crew members
9th August 2008
also seen as 12th
CONFIRM

Russian Air Force
Su-25   368 OShAP Shot down  by Georgian SAM "Buk-M1" near Java during Georgian-Ossetian Conflict Major Vladimir Evgenevich Edamenko
ejected too late and was killed
  K-36
9th August 2008
??

Russian Air Force
Su-25     Shot down ?? in Georgian-Ossetian Conflict ??   K-36
Russian Military acknowledge the loss of fourth Su-25. No information concerning the pilot
  ANY INFORMATION RELATED TO THE LOSSES AND EJECTIONS IN THE CONFLICT including POW EXCHANGE of PILOTS OR AIRCREW WELCOMED TO HELP CLARIFY THE INFORMATION
18th August 2008 Major Vyacheslav Malkov & Colonel Igor Zinov reported in media returned to Russian forces in prisoner exchange