War in Ukraine: Russian helicopter and fighter were hit in single day to boost Kyiv | World | News

Ukraine shot down an elite Russian combat helicopter yesterday in the Kharkiv region, according to the Air Assault Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A startling video of the helicopter attack shows Ukrainian paratroopers firing two missiles from a Polish-made portable anti-aircraft missile system ‘Perun’. In the clip released online, the helicopter is seen being hit as smoke billows from the ground at the end of the video.

The Ukrainian military later confirmed the successful attack, adding: “Today, Ukrainian servicemen from the 95th Separate Air Assault Brigade’s anti-aircraft artillery missile battalion shot down another combat helicopter used by the Russian occupiers, the Ka-52 ‘Alligator. ‘”.

The MANPADS ‘Perun’ weapon, which means thunderbolt in Polish, is one of thousands of Western-made weapons supplied to Ukraine in recent weeks.

Ukraine’s air assault forces warned that the weapon was “more than capable of shooting down all low-flying aircraft”.

This is the 67th air target destroyed by the Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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In similar news, an aerial dogfight saw a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter shoot down a Russian Su-35 fighter jet over the Kherson region on Friday, according to Ukrainian military officials.

This comes after Russian Su-35 fighter jets bombed several key Ukrainian infrastructure and supply targets this week.

On Friday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia had lost 29,750 troops, 1,322 tanks, 3,246 armored fighting vehicles, 623 artillery systems, 201 multiple-launch rocket systems, 93 air defense systems, 206 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 503 unmanned aerial vehicles, 115 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,226 military vehicles and fuel tanks, and 48 special equipment units, all since the beginning of the invasion.

However, Ukraine is still demanding more weaponry from Western allies, specifically US long-range equipment.

Retired Major John Spencer, chair of urban warfare studies at the Madison Policy Forum, told the BBC this morning that Ukrainians could stop Russia’s momentum if they got more Western weapons.

He said: “They still have what Russia doesn’t have – the will to fight, they are fighting for their country.

“Many in Russia still struggle with morale and cohesion because they are not sure what they are fighting for.”

He said US long-range weapons would be “the vital force to prevent Ukraine from losing more and more eastern Donbass”.

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