In the twisted theater of war, where the skies over Ukraine have turned into a grim stage, we’ve witnessed a spectacle that’s both deadly and oddly invigorating.

It’s a scene straight out of some dystopian novel, where the lines between friend and foe blur in the haze of battle.

Picture this: a trio of Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers spiraling down in flames, their metal carcasses offered up to the earth in a brutal buffet of destruction.

It happened around noon on a Friday (December 22), a time when folks back home might be thinking about the weekend.