This is the moment Ukrainian paratroopers cheer with joy as they target a Russian killer chopper on the screen and apparently blow it out of the sky with one clean shot from a homemade anti-tank guided missile system.
The Russian Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ attack helicopter was reportedly destroyed in the north-eastern Ukrainian province of Kharkiv Oblast today (5th April).
Ingenious Ukrainian paratroopers of the 95th Air Assault Brigade – a unit of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces – allegedly destroyed the enemy copter with the Stugna-P anti-tank missile weapon system.
The footage was shared by the Ukrainian Armed Forces with the message: “The 95th Brigade, with the ‘Stugna’ anti-aircraft missile system, destroyed the latest Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter! We have a victory.”
The Ukrainian military included the hashtags ‘Take a Stand’ and ‘Strong Together’.
Packing a wallop, the Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile system is wreaking havoc on Russian hardware during the invasion of Ukraine.
The anti-tank missile system, designed and manufactured in Ukraine, boasts a laser-guided system with long-range and high penetration capabilities.
The Stugna-P, also called the Skif, can reportedly penetrate armour as thick as 110 centimetres and reach distances of nearly six kilometres.
According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, the footage shows the second case of paratroopers of the 95th Air Assault Brigade using anti-tank weapons to destroy an enemy air target.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation” to “demilitarise and denazify” the European country.
The United Nations’ International Court of Justice in The Hague, in the Netherlands, has ordered Russia to stop its invasion and remove its troops from Ukrainian territory.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has said that his government is prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia.
Today marks the 41st day of the invasion. From 24th February to 5th April, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at about 18,500 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Russia has also lost 676 tanks, 1,858 armoured personnel vehicles, 332 artillery systems, 107 MLRS, 55 anti-aircraft warfare systems, 150 aircraft, 134 helicopters, 1,322 vehicles, seven boats/cutters, 76 fuel tanks, 94 UAVs of operational and tactical level, 25 special equipment units, and four mobile SRBM systems.