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The Ukrainian armed forces posted on Twitter Saturday a stunning video allegedly showing their forces blasting a Russian army helicopter out of the sky on the frontlines, filming it as it went down in a ball of flames while the caption read, “Welcome to hell!”
The media is all over the video which purportedly shows a Russian helicopter flying over a field. It was met by a guided missile, possibly a Piorun donated by Poland, that slammed into the copter, blowing it up and taking it down in glorious fashion.
The helicopter, now on fire in the video, crashed into a field, bursting into a column of flames with a village in the background in footage that is believed to have been taken by a drone, according to the Daily Mail. The incident is thought to have happened about 25 miles outside of Kyiv.
CNN’s “New Day Weekend” co-anchor John Berman reported on the blazing helicopter.
“Live breaking news, brand new video from the armed forces of Ukraine. Watch this. That’s something you can see that right there, that shows what appears to be a Russian helicopter being shot down now, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry just posted this video on their official Twitter account,” he told viewers.
“This area, just north of Kyiv, includes a base where the Russians have been running helicopter operations and which has also been under attack by Ukrainian forces for at least a day. We should say we haven’t been able to independently verify when this happened or any more details about this,” Berman noted.
Russian Air Force losses over #Ukraine in the past 26 hours:
– 1x Su-30SM multirole aircraft (pictured)
– 1 Su-34 strike aircraft
– 2 Su-25 close air support aircraft
– 2 Mi-24/35 attack helicopters
– 1 Mi-8 transport helicopter
– 1 Orlan-10 UAV pic.twitter.com/3g2IQflNEL
— Oryx (@oryxspioenkop) March 5, 2022
Berman also pointed out that “you can see why the Ukrainians wanted to get this out and certainly boost morale when you see them taking on Russian equipment like this.”
The footage was shared on Twitter by Kyiv Independent reporter Illia Ponomarenko and now has almost 40,000 likes.
“This is how the Russian occupiers are dying. This time in a helicopter,” Ukraine’s defense ministry tweeted. “Glory to Ukraine and its defenders! Together to victory!”
People are speculating that the helicopter taken down was a Mil Mi-24 Hind gunship. Soviet pilots used to refer to the transport as the “flying tank.” The copter has been featured in movies such as “Rambo 2” and “Rambo 3.”
#Ukraine: Apparently, a Russian Mil Mi-35M attack helicopter was shot down today above #Odessa. pic.twitter.com/xlSomaP9Nj
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) March 5, 2022
A day after the invasion by Russia began on February 24, it was reported that Ukrainian forces shot out of the air up to four Russian KA-52 Alligator attack helicopters during a battle for Gostomel airbase, according to the Daily Mail. A fifth helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing under heavy fire.
The Ukrainians also reported their MiG jets shot down at least one Mi-8 helicopter and they claimed to have shot down six Russian jets in the sky over the eastern Donbas region while another plane appeared to fall from the skies near the capital.
Other footage from the frontlines also showed clips of an aircraft dropping rapidly from the sky as loud cheers from Ukrainians could be heard in the background. Two pilots reportedly parachuted out of the aircraft after it was hit. The aircraft was a Sukhoi Su-34; a fighter-bomber that was also used in Syria.
A Russian aircraft shot down around Chernihiv, earlier today. Both pilots ejected and are now on the run from Ukrainian forces.🇺🇦
The Russian Air Force continues to have a tough time in the skies above Ukraine.👇 pic.twitter.com/SdhtS3dQFY
— Jimmy (@JimmySecUK) March 5, 2022
The pilot was evidently captured while his companion did not survive. He was then interrogated, and reportedly forced to say, “Glory to Ukraine!”
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as of the morning of March 5, Russians had lost more than 10,000 personnel, 39 planes, and 40 helicopters.
39 Russian airplanes, 40 helicopters downed since February 24 by Ukraine
— Illia Ponomarenko 🇺🇦 (@IAPonomarenko) March 5, 2022
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Ukrainians to continue fighting Putin’s forces Saturday in a statement, according to UKRInform.
He asked “what more is needed” for President Joe Biden to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine after he accused the West of cowardice in the face of Russian aggression.
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