These images purport to show a Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter firing missiles at Ukrainian targets, claiming it destroyed fortified positions and armoured vehicles.
The attack helicopter can apparently be seen being prepared for takeoff before it heads towards its targets. It can then be seen firing its missiles, with the footage then showing smoke from explosions on the ground.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday, 29th September, along with a statement claiming the footage shows the “combat work of the crews of Ka-52 helicopters of the army aviation of the Western Military District.
“When performing combat sorties, pilots of Ka-52 reconnaissance and attack helicopters launched missiles at the discovered fortified strongholds and armoured vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. All flights take place at extremely low altitude.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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