Londoners emerge safely from underground bomb shelters after an air raid. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Ukraine has claimed that it shot down a Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire-C bomber that crashed today in the Stavropol region in southern Russia. If that’s the case, it would be an unprecedented event, with Ukraine never having previously destroyed a Tu-22M3 — or any other Russian long-range bomber — in the air.

Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire Shot Down With S-200 Missile: Ukraine’s Spy Chief

Kyiv claims that the swing-wing bomber was brought down nearly 200 miles from the Ukrainian border by a modified S-200 air defense system.

By Howard Altman, Thomas Newdick

11:31 AM EDT Apr 19

A photo of a map of Iraq and Iran.

Israel Strikes Back (Updated)

The Israel Defense Forces have launched a reprisal operation against Iran five days after Iran launched hundreds of missiles and drones at Israel.

By Tyler Rogoway

12:20 AM EDT Apr 19