These images purport to show a Russian Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ attack helicopter taking out a Ukrainian fortified position and armoured vehicles.
The footage begins by showing the Russian attack helicopter taking off from an undisclosed location before it can be seen flying low over the Ukrainian countryside.
It can then be seen firing its deadly ordnance at unseen targets before the images cut to what appear to be targets on the ground being hit.
The footage then shows more ordnance being fired, with the images again showing what appear to be targets on the ground being hit.
The Russian attack helicopter can then apparently be seen coming back in to land.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday, 10th November, along with a statement claiming: “‘Alligators’ on the hunt: footage of the combat work of the crews of attack helicopters Ka-52. During the performance of combat sorties, army aviation pilots launched missiles at discovered fortified positions and armoured vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“As a result of the strikes, a command post and armoured vehicles of the Ukrainian troops were destroyed.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 10th November, Russia had lost about 78,690 personnel, 2,804 tanks, 5,682 armoured combat vehicles, 1,805 artillery units, 393 multiple launch rocket systems, 205 air defence systems, 278 warplanes, 260 helicopters, 1,499 drones, 399 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,242 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 159 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
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The move comes just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Kherson and three other regions were being annexed “forever” by the Russian Federation.
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