Russia has released this footage allegedly showing an attack helicopter in action while claiming to have destroyed Ukrainian fighter jets and a Multiple Launch Rocket System.
An attack helicopter was used to fire a missile from a wooded area, along with another missile being fired at night as can be seen from these images.
The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed on Monday, July 4, that the footage shows ongoing attacks in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. Russia and pro-Russian forces are now shifting their focus to the Donetsk region after having captured the city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region.
The Russian MoD claimed (in English): “Russian Federation Armed Forces continue the special military operation in Ukraine. Within the counter-battery warfare, high-precision attacks launched by Russian Aerospace Forces have resulted in the neutralization of 4 Ukrainian MRLS platoons near Tarasovka, Novaya Poltavka and Ulyanovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).
“Operational-tactical and army aviation, missile troops and artillery have neutralized: two AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] command posts, three munitions depots near Spornoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), as well as AFU manpower and military equipment in 61 areas.
“Russian fighter has shot down one Su-25 of Ukrainian Air Forces during an air combat near Yasnaya Polyana (Donetsk People’s Republic).
“Russian air defense means have shot down eight Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Konstantinovka, Avdeyevka (Donetsk People’s Republic), Kornaukhovka, Kochubeyevka, Ivanchukovka (Lharkov region), Shevchenkovo (Zaporozhye region) and Tomina Balka (Kherson region).”
They also claimed that “11 projectiles launched by Uragan MRLS have been intercepted near Sukhaya Kamenka, Dolgenkoye (Kharkov region), Avdeyevka, Yasinovataya (Donetsk People’s Republic) and Popasnaya (Lugansk People’s Republic).”
Russia and pro-Russian forces are now shifting their focus to the Donetsk region after having captured the city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region.
We contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for further comment, as well as the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, but haven’t received a reply at the time of writing.
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