Russian Mi-24, Ka-52 and a third unidentified helos were shot down
KYIV, UKRAINE — The Ukrainian Armed Forces announced that today, January 9th, three Russian helicopters were shot down. One Mi-24, one Ka-52 and a third unidentified helicopter model. Addition to the helicopters, three Russian Orlan drones were also downed.
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Mil Mi-24 is a Soviet large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers. Over 2,600 units of this helicopter have been produced from the 1970s to today.
The Kamov Ka-52 Alligator is the flagship of the Russian helicopter squadrons. It is an attack helicopter with the distinctive coaxial rotor system. Designed at the end of the last millennium by Soviet engineers, Russia adopted the project and developed it to this day. According to reports, mostly from Ukrainian intelligence, at least 30 Ka-52 helicopters have been shot down in Ukraine. Before the start of the war, Russia had 133 Ka-52 units.
KA-52 in Ukraine
Russia is beginning to receive worrying reports about the functionality of the Ka-52 during the war in Ukraine. Ka-52 has wing trembling while carrying out missions. This is written in a Russian report. This vibration occurs when the helicopter is heavily loaded.
Russian reports say that one of the reasons for the number of downed Ka-52 helicopters in Ukraine is due to several factors. These include pilot fatigue and pilot mismanagement. In terms of technical support, Russians report a lack of quality and timely support.
There is a Ukrainian report from the intelligence of Ukraine that says that the Ka-52 is easily accessible for destruction with a 7.62 mm machine gun. This calls into question the quality of armor built from steel bases. The Russians claim that the armor of the Ka-52 withstands shots of 12.7 mm cartridges, but this is already refuted by the Ukrainians.
Second front from Belarus
Russian forces carried out 7 missile and 31 air strikes during the past 24 hours. The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army continues to claim that they do not see the opening of a second front from Belarus.
Military equipment of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation has arrived in Belarus, but it is said that it has been taken out of long-term storage and must first be repaired before it can be used. Why Russia should transfer allegedly unusable equipment to Belarus, the Ukrainian command does not explain.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling destroyed an FSB facility. This building was on the Russia Ukraine border. Russia claims that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, Russia formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states. Trying to protect them, 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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