These images purport to show Russian Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ attack helicopters firing S-8 unguided missiles at a Ukrainian fortified position.
The footage shows three Russian attack helicopters preparing for takeoff before taking to the skies.
The video then shows the helicopters flying low over countryside before one unleashes S-8 unguided missiles at unseen targets.
The footage then shows at least one of the helicopters coming in to land back at base as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence on Wednesday 7th February, along with a statement claiming: “Army aviation crews on Ka-52M helicopters, as part of a strike group, attacked with unguided aircraft missiles on enemy strongholds and manpower in the Lugansk direction.
“During the combat mission to support the ground forces, army aviation pilots launched missiles at the coordinates of the aircraft gunner and destroyed the control center and armored vehicles of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” Today marks the 714th day of the full-scale war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 7th February 2024, Russia had lost approximately 391,470 personnel, 6,372 tanks, 11,879 armoured combat vehicles, 9,387 artillery units, 980 multiple launch rocket systems, 665 air defence systems, 332 warplanes, 324 helicopters, 7,177 drones, 1,849 cruise missiles, 24 warships, 1 submarine, 12,486 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 1,497 units of special equipment.
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