Chilling footage captures the second a missile hits a low-flying Russian helicopter earlier than crashing right into a discipline in Ukraine in a blazing inferno.
The Russian plane, reportedly a Mi-35M assault helicopter, was shot down whereas flying extraordinarily near the bottom by a MANPADS (man-portable air protection system).
Within the brief clip, which was shared extensively on social media, the chopper might be seen hugging the bottom because it flies over fields in southern Ukraine.
Abruptly, it bursts into flames after apparently being struck within the engine exhaust space on the base of the primary rotor by a missile.
Footage believed to have been filmed from a drone reveals the plane spinning earlier than crashing to the bottom.
The helicopter explodes in an unlimited fireball, sending flames and thick black smoke pouring into the sky.
Particles or probably crew members might be seen falling from the plane after the missile strikes it.
Footage from the crash scene present the fiery wreckage of the helicopter.
The low-flying Russian helicopter was shot down by a MANPADS system.
Ukraine’s Azov SSO battalion claimed accountability for capturing down the helicopter, which it claimed was a Russian Mi-24, though elsewhere it has been reported as a Mi-35M.
It additionally stated the helicopter was struck within the Zaporizhzhia area simply east of Kherson.
The video was geolocated to an space simply contained in the pro-Russian separatist area of Donetsk on the border with Zaporizhzhia.
Posting on the messaging app Telegram, the Azov SSO stated: “Unique footage of the Russian Mi-24 helicopter within the Zaporizhzhia area.
“Aimed shot by a missile from the Stinger MANPADS was fired by an SSO Avoz fighter beneath the pseudonym Betsyk.
“The burning helicopter of the occupiers made an ‘unplanned’ touchdown proper in the course of the Ukrainian discipline.
“Now it’s his everlasting location.”