A Ukrainian paratrooper shot down a Russian attack helicopter with a well-aimed shot from a British-made Starstreak rocket launcher.
A Ukrainian soldier is standing by some trees along with the shoulder-held Starstreak rocket launcher, as can be seen in images released by Ukrainian military. He fires his weapon at what appears to be a 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 Tuesday morning from the Command of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces, 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 Defense 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 that 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-defense system (MANPADS).
The UK is providing Ukraine with Starstreak systems, UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told the House of Commons on April 25.
Zenger News contacted the Command of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” Tuesday marks the 125th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 28, Russia had lost about 35,250 personnel, 1,567 tanks, 3,704 armored combat vehicles, 778 artillery units, 243 multiple launch rocket systems, 102 air defense 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 missile strike on a shopping mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk has been described by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as one of the “most brazen terrorist acts in European history.” More than 1,000 people are said to have been inside the building when it was hit by missiles, with 18 reported killed as of Tuesday morning.
At least 14 missiles hit the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv as G7 leaders met 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.”
Zelensky addressed the G7 leaders and said he wanted the war to end before the end of the year. He repeated his request for anti-aircraft defense systems, as well as further sanctions on Russia. He also repeated his request for help to export grain from Ukraine.
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 Odessa.
The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is now in Russian hands after Ukrainian troops were ordered to retreat following weeks of siege warfare.
The UK and the US, as well as Japan and Canada, are banning imports of Russian gold. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the ban would “strike at the heart of Putin’s war machine.”
Russian troops have been accused of pillaging vast quantities of grain from farmers in occupied areas of Ukraine, as well as other crops such as sunflower seeds. They have also been accused of stealing fertilizer and agricultural equipment.
More than 345 million people around the world are facing “acute levels of food insecurity” as the war in Ukraine heads into the fifth month, says the World Food Program (WFP).
Johnson said the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had a direct effect on the cost of living around the world.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.