Ukraine has released video footage of a Russian helicopter being shot down in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass. The video shows a missile being launched from a Ukrainian military aircraft, which hits the Russian helicopter and causes it to crash to the ground.
The incident occurred on May 2, 2014, during the height of the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass region. The Russian helicopter, a Mi-24, was reportedly providing support to separatist forces when it was shot down by the Ukrainian military.
The video footage was released by the Ukrainian government as evidence of Russian military involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the conflict, despite evidence to the contrary.
The shooting down of the Russian helicopter was a significant event in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. It marked a turning point in the conflict, as it demonstrated the Ukrainian military’s ability to successfully engage Russian military assets.
Following the incident, tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated, with Russia accusing Ukraine of aggression and supporting separatist forces. The incident also led to increased international scrutiny of the conflict and calls for a peaceful resolution.
The international response to the shooting down of the Russian helicopter was mixed. The United Nations Security Council issued a statement condemning the incident and calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
However, Russia vetoed a resolution that would have established an international tribunal to investigate the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was also shot down in the conflict zone. The incident further strained relations between Russia and the international community.
The shooting down of the Russian helicopter was a significant event in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. It demonstrated the Ukrainian military’s ability to engage Russian military assets and marked a turning point in the conflict.
The incident also led to increased international scrutiny of the conflict and calls for a peaceful resolution. However, the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to this day, with no end in sight.