This footage reportedly shows a Ukrainian paratrooper shooting down a Russian attack helicopter with a well-aimed shot from a British-made Starstreak rocket launcher.
The footage shows a Ukrainian soldier with a shoulder-held, Starstreak rocket launcher standing by some trees. He fires his weapon and the person filming zooms in, revealing what appears to be the Russian attack helicopter in the distance.
After a few seconds, the missile appears to hit the helicopter, bringing it down as the Ukrainian soldiers cheer.
The soldiers can be heard saying (in Ukrainian): “It hit! You hit it! Good boy! F**king beautiful! You hit it! It’s going down, we will see smoke now. Fall, you b*tch! Let us see the smoke!”
The footage was obtained from the Command of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the morning of Tuesday, 28th June, along with a statement saying: “Zhytomyr paratroopers shot down a Russian Ka-52 reconnaissance and attack helicopter.
“A Russian Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and strike helicopter was shot down by a serviceman of the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine using the Starstreak MANPADS [missile system].”
They added: “Death to the Russian occupiers! DShV [the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces] – Always First!”
They signed off with a “Slava Ukraini!” (“Glory to Ukraine!”).
The footage was also relayed by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, along with a statement saying: “With a well-aimed shot from the Stasrstreak MANPADS, our 95th Airborne Assault Brigade landed a Ka-52 helicopter of the occupiers!
“There is no place for Russian invaders in Ukraine. Beat the enemy on all fronts! We will win!”
They also said the footage showed the “spectacular ‘landing’ of the Russian ‘Alligator’.”
The Russian-built Kamow Ka-52 “Alligator” is a versatile attack helicopter. It is a modified variant of the Ka-50 “Black Shark”.
Starstreak is a British, short-range, surface-to-air missile system that is often deployed as a man-portable air-defence system (MANPADS).
The UK is providing Ukraine with Starstreak systems, the UK Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, told the House of Commons on 25th April.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 125th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 28th June, Russia had lost about 35,250 personnel, 1,567 tanks, 3,704 armoured combat vehicles, 778 artillery units, 243 multiple launch rocket systems, 102 air defence systems, 217 warplanes, 185 helicopters, 636 drones, 139 cruise missiles, 14 warships, 2,589 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 61 units of special equipment.
The Russian bombing on a shopping mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk has been described by President Zelenskyy as one of the “most brazen terrorist acts in European history”. Over 1,000 people are said to have been inside the building when it was hit by missiles.
At least 14 missiles hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as G7 leaders met in Bavaria, in Germany, at the beginning of a three-day summit. Military support for Ukraine is at the top of the agenda. The G7 is made up of Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. G7 leaders described the shopping mall missile strike as “abominable”.
NATO is planning to boost its quick reaction forces from 40,000 troops to over 300,000 troops. World leaders are set to approve plans to increase the number of NATO troops on high alert at a summit in Madrid.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting Finland’s Sauli Niinisto and Magdalena Andersson of Sweden at the NATO summit in Madrid to try to resolve their issues.
Russian missiles have also hit the central city of Cherkasy, as well as the strategically vital port city of Odesa.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the G7 leaders and said that he wanted the war to end before the end of the year. He repeated his request for anti-aircraft defence systems, as well as further sanctions on Russia. He also repeated his request for help to export grain from Ukraine.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a knock-on effect on the cost of living around the world.
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