These images purport to show Russian attack helicopters destroying military facilities belonging to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The footage begins with what appears to be a Russian helicopter flying towards a target. The footage then cuts and shows the view from a targeting system that appears to show an air defence system on the ground firing a missile.
The helicopter locked onto it and fires a volley of missiles at it before taking a base of action and flying to the left. The footage then cuts again and shows a forested area before another volley of missiles appears to be fired from the helicopter.
Smoke can be seen rising from the ground as the helicopter appears to open fire with a heavy machine gun before it veers to the left again.
Finally, the footage cuts again and shows the attack helicopter landing among other helicopters at an undisclosed location that appears to be an airbase.
Newsflash obtained the footage from the Russian Ministry of Defence along with a statement claiming that the images show the “infliction of fire damage on military equipment and objects of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by the crews of Mi-28n attack helicopters.”
The Mi-28n is a Russian, anti-armour attack helicopter that can operate in all weather conditions and conduct daytime operations as well as missions at night. It is equipped with a heavy machine gun under the cockpit and also has missiles on either side.
It is currently unclear where exactly in Ukraine the images were filmed, but the footage was also carried by Russian, state-owned media.
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