Watch: Russian Mi-35M taken down by a MANPADS at a very low level
KYIV ($1=29.17 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — A video shared on social media has recorded the use of MANPADS [no information on which model] against a Russian multi-role combat Mi-35M helicopter [Hind E]. There is no information on when the video was recorded, but it has been shared since yesterday [June 16th] and various publications claim that it reflects the downing of a Russian helicopter in the Kherson region.
The video captures the last seconds of the existence of the Russian helicopter, which flies at extremely low altitudes. Experts say such a low-altitude flight is used when pilots have intelligence on enemy units in the region and are in “search and destroy” mode. However, the Ukrainian forces [which may have been foreign volunteers] were quicker to react, reacting quickly and firing the missile from the nearby woods with precision.
A lightning strike followed, the helicopter was hit, and the main propeller and tail of the aircraft were damaged. This is followed by a rapid fall to the ground, impact, and debris a few tens of meters. There is no information on whether the pilots were killed, survived, or were captured.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.
Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.
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