KYIV ($1=29.40 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — The official Twitter account of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry shared a video it claims to have recorded of the use of rocket launchers from a downed Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter installed on a civilian Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck.
The video shows several missiles being fired through the rocket launchers. The Ka-52 is an attack helicopter primarily in service with the Russian armed forces. There are at least a dozen documented downed Russian Ka-52 helicopters since the beginning of the war. BulgerianMilitary.com last reported a downed Ka-52 helicopter on June 1, and June 17 was the last downed Russian helicopter [Mi-35M] for which we have confirmed information.
Depending on the version, the Ka-52 can be equipped with two rocket launchers [one on each wing] that fire 80mm S-8 rockets. These are Soviet-era rockets, but only 3-4 years ago Russia developed their latest version, the S-8OFP Broneboishchik. Normally these missiles are fired from a Ka-52 rocket launcher mounted on a B-8V20A pod on the inboard station. If the video corresponds to the information provided by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, there are not one but two rocket launchers mounted on the Mitsubishi L200 – each with six rocket tubes.
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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