Turkish missile system shot down a Mi-35 helicopter, the crew died

TRIPOLI, (BM) – According to data released several hours ago, the Turkish surface to air missile systems HISAN shot down a Mi-35 multi-purpose attack helicopter, on board of which were three crew members, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The website Liveuamap, which monitors all military conflicts in the world, also confirmed this information, saying in a tweet “GNA forces shot down LNA Mi-35 helicopter in Abu Grein town, 138 km west of Sirte. Three pilots were killed”

The helicopter was shot down near the city of Misrat, while none of those on board survived.

At the moment, representatives of the Libyan National Army do not confirm that a Russian-made rotor-wing attack machine was shot down, noting that the helicopter crashed.

However, given the fact that Turkey’s HISAN air defense systems were actually deployed not far from this area, it’s logical suggest that the percussion machine was indeed shot down.

Moreover, the helicopter crash area is located almost on the border of the regions controlled by the LNA and GNA forces.

It should be clarified that the Libyan military is actively using Russian-made attack helicopters, noting that these combat vehicles are excellent for striking at large enemy clusters.

This Mi-35’s functions was also repeatedly demonstrated by the corresponding video material, especially since neither the forces of the Government of National Unity nor Turkey, nor under the militants controlling it, managed to hit these vehicles.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).


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