In the shadowed skies over the tumultuous Sea of Azov, a game of high-stakes cat and mouse unfolded, or so say the whispers coming out of Ukraine.

They’re claiming a couple of big Russian birds fell from the sky – a Beriev A-50 and an Ilyushin Il-22M.

If this tale holds any water, it’s a heavy punch to the gut of Russia’s airborne eyes and ears.

The Skirmish in the Skies

Here’s the skinny per the grapevine from Ukrainian sources: The A-50, a flying fortress of surveillance, got plucked from its patrol in the Kyrylivka district near Zaporizhzhia.

Yuriy Mysiagin, the big shot on the National Security and Defense Committee in Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, spilled the beans on Telegram, detailing that the hot action unfolded over the Sea of Azov close to the witching hour, around 9:00 (EET) earlier this week.