MOSCWA, ($1=133.00 Russian Rubles) — The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has published a video of Russians attacking Ka-52 Alligator helicopters destroying armored fighting vehicles [AFVs] of the Armed Forces of Ukraine using missiles fired at low altitudes.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Defense, quoted by the Russian news agency TASS, the video shows the work of Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters to launch missile strikes on a convoy of the Ukrainian armed forces, flying in pairs and from “extremely low altitude”. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation says that guided and unguided air missiles were used for these strikes, without specifying their model, nor when and in which region of Ukraine the video was shot.
Russia continues to call the war in Ukraine a “special military operation” and claims that Ka-52 attack helicopters perform tasks of escorting Russian military columns, destroying armored vehicles of the Ukrainian army, and delivering spare parts to the battlefield.
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.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared martial law throughout Ukraine. Air raid sirens were heard throughout Ukraine for most of the day. Ukraine’s ICT infrastructure has already deteriorated as a result of Russian cyber-attacks and bombardments. Several Ukrainian cities or buildings have been occupied, including the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
However, per a US defence official, Russians forces are “meeting more resistance” in advance towards Kyiv “than they expected”; a statement repeated by James Heappey, Britain’s current Minister for the Armed Forces the next day.
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