New footage has emerged of the moment Ukrainian troops blew up a Russian helicopter while shouting “I got it!”
A laser-guided RBS-70 man-portable air defense system supplied by Sweden shot down the Ka-52 Alligator helicopter from a field near the village of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region, which Ukraine claims to have liberated as its counter – offensive continues.
In the footage of the attack on the helicopter, a fighter can be heard shouting “Shoot! and seconds later, after pulling the trigger on the long gun, under the shelter of some trees, a jubilant voice shouts, “I got it!” followed by swearing.
Smoke can be seen billowing from the plane, which is hailed by the Kremlin as “the best helicopter gunship in the world”, as a section appears to separate from the fuselage before rolling up nose-down and touch the ground. The video offers a new angle on a crash that happened last month in which, surprisingly, the pilot made it out alive.
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A laser-guided RBS-70 man-portable air defense system supplied by Sweden shot down the helicopter from a field near the village of Robotyne.
Smoke can be seen billowing from the helicopter as a section appears to separate from the fuselage.
Another video shows the plane on fire in a field with black smoke billowing into the sky. A helicopter lands near the wreckage and appears to inspect the damage before taking off.
Ukrainian troops have reportedly blocked some elite Russian soldiers in Donetsk, preventing them from redeploying to a key part of the front line, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said.
Some 49 soldiers from the 7th VDV Division were killed in a day’s fighting near the village of Staromayorske as Russian commanders apparently failed to oversee the recovery of the bodies, the US think tank said, citing a blogger Russian military who allegedly released an audio recording. of a Russian soldier.
This represents yet another battlefield humiliation for Putin, who has seen some of his most senior commanders killed and his most advanced military hardware broken down during his stuttering invasion.
In earlier footage of the helicopter being shot down, the aircraft could be seen on fire in a field with black smoke billowing into the sky. A second Russian helicopter – probably a Mil Mi-28 – lands near the wreckage and appears to inspect the damage before taking off.
Military blogger Kirill Fedorov claimed that the Ka-52 Alligator navigator “could not leave the plane and died heroically”.
The War Gonzo Telegram channel, which posted images of the Ka-52 in flames in a field, reported: “Immediately after the helicopter crashed at the site, an Mi-28 moved in, which inspected the area, established the location of the helicopter. survivor and sent an evacuation signal.
“A short time later, a transport helicopter landed on the ground and picked up the pilot. »
The Ka-52 video follows a crash last month in which the pilot allegedly escaped alive.
The Ka-52 Alligator is unusual for a helicopter in that it is equipped with an ejection seat, and the pilot was reportedly able to extricate himself from the aircraft using this feature.
New video shows Ukrainian troops pulling the trigger on their RBS-70 man-portable air defense system before the plane explodes.
After the helicopter was struck, it nosed over and struck the ground.
The helicopter burns in a field near the village of Robotyne, which Ukraine claims to have liberated as its counteroffensive continues.
Footage shows a second helicopter landing in the field near the wreckage. The crew appears to inspect the damage before taking off
The all-weather attack helicopters, worth £12.7million, are operated by the Russian Air Force.
This highly maneuverable aircraft can destroy armored ground targets such as tanks, low-speed air targets, and frontline personnel.
A total of 42 Russian Ka-52 Alligators have been destroyed or damaged since February last year, according to intelligence and defense analytics site Oryx.
In June, Colonel Yuriy Ignat, spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, downplayed the threat posed by Russian attack helicopters during the counter-offensive, insisting: “The Ka-52 is absolutely not a helicopter that establishes air superiority”.
He also argued that it failed to deliver “the kind of firepower that is decisive on the battlefield.”
Geotagged images released yesterday show Russian forces striking Ukrainian positions northwest and west of Robotyne, indicating that Ukrainian forces have advanced into an area near the settlement that Russian forces previously claimed to control, the official said. ‘ISW in its daily update.
Ukraine claims to have liberated Robotyne, about six miles south of the border town of Orikhiv in the Zaporizhzhia region.
A Russian-appointed official has acknowledged that Muscovite forces abandoned Robotyne, more than a week after kyiv announced its reconquest.
The Ka-52 Alligator is an all-weather attack helicopter operated by the Russian Air Force.
Ukrainian servicemen drive a tank near the village of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region on August 25.
Yevgeny Balitsky, the top official installed by Moscow in the Zaporizhzhia region, said in a TV interview that the Russian military withdrew for what he called tactical reasons.
“The Russian military has – tactically – abandoned this settlement because standing on a bare surface when there is no way to bury yourself completely… usually doesn’t make sense. That’s why the Russian army moved to the hills,” he said, as quoted by RBC media.
Russia has yet to acknowledge the loss of Robotyne, which was announced to be taken over by Ukraine on August 28.
In its daily update yesterday, the Russian Defense Ministry said its forces repelled two Ukrainian attacks near Robotyne.
More than 18 months after the Russian invasion, Ukraine claims to have gained ground and broken through the first line of Russian fortifications in several places along the front line, despite repeated statements from Moscow that the Ukrainian counter-offensive of three month was a failure. .
Meanwhile, top US diplomat Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv today in a gesture of support as the Ukrainian counteroffensive enters its fourth month with only small gains.
During his two-day visit, during which he will spend the night in Ukraine for the first time since before the Russian invasion in February 2022, Blinken is expected to announce a US aid package worth more than $100,000. a billion dollars, a senior US State Department official said at a press briefing. traveling journalists.
Blinken, on the first trip to Kyiv by a senior US official since the start of the Ukrainian counteroffensive, is expected to meet President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, among other top officials, the intelligence department said. State.
The media quoted unidentified US officials as saying the counteroffensive had been too slow and hampered by poor tactics, criticisms that angered Ukrainian officials and prompted Kuleba to tell critics to “shut up”.
A Ukrainian serviceman inspects a destroyed Ukrainian tank near the village of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia region on August 25.
A Ukrainian serviceman flies an FPV drone from his position on the frontline near the village of Robotyne on August 25.
Ukraine recaptured more than a dozen villages and small settlements during its offensive, but its soldiers’ advance into Russian-held territory was slowed by vast minefields and miles of trenches.
US officials have been careful not to publicly criticize Ukraine’s military tactics and said last week that they had observed notable progress by Ukraine in the 72 hours before its advance in the southeast.
Separately, a Russian drone attack earlier today on the Danube port of Izmail in the Odessa region killed one person and damaged infrastructure, the region’s governor said on Telegram.
During the attack, which lasted nearly three hours, several agricultural and port facilities were damaged and several fires were recorded, said Oleh Kiper.
Ukrainian forces shot down 17 Russian drones over the Odessa region on Monday night.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said yesterday that the attacks took place “very, very close” to his country’s border.
Also overnight, kyiv was the target of missile attacks, but there were no casualties, authorities said.
Russian planes fired cruise missiles at the Ukrainian capital while another type of missile also targeted the city, Sergiy Popko, head of Kyiv city military administration, wrote on Telegram.