DRAMATIC footage captures the moment a Russian helicopter was shot down by a Ukrainian missile as it plunged into an inferno.
The plane was shot down over the hotly contested Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, where the bulk of Russia’s military is still concentrated.
The remarkable clip shows the helicopter spinning it in a circle as it falls out of the sky.
It then exploded into a giant fireball with the resulting inferno visible for miles.
It comes as the Russian military is said to be destroying bridges across the Seversky Donets River in the region to prevent Ukrainian reinforcements from delivering aid to civilians in the town of Sievierodonetsk, a local official reported.
According to The Independent, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai also said on live television that Ukrainian troops were continuing to defend positions inside the town, and were pushing back Russian troops in several locations.
On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Luxembourg that Russia currently occupies about 20% of Ukraine’s territory as he addressed parliament in a video speech.
But Putin’s men are said to be wavering in support and confidence in the humiliating invasion as Russian troops continue to suffer heavy losses.
It was exclusively reported today that the Russian President is only focusing on the Donbass region amid accusations that he has been “soft on Ukraine”.
It comes as Putin comes under growing pressure from his generals to dramatically turn around his disastrous military campaign in Ukraine.
Russia has now lost an estimated 30,000 troops, destroyed thousands of tanks and planes, and even lost the battleship Moskva in the Black Sea.
Burnt Russian vehicles littered the Ukrainian countryside in what is known as the “tank graveyard” – along with the bodies of thousands of Russian soldiers piled up.
About 100 days into this conflict and Russia still has not achieved any of its main military goals.
Exhausted and exhausted Russian forces were forced to withdraw from Kyiv in April.
And they have also lost land in the Donbass with Kharkiv being the latest city to be “liberated” by the Ukrainian army.
Reports suggest that such chaotic war efforts have sparked widespread mutinies as footage of the military emerges criticizing Putin’s suicide campaign.
And as the war reached its bloody 100-day mark, the Russian media specifically banned mention of the invasion having reached its milestone.
The Kremlin fears that discussing the height of the conflict will remind people of how spectacularly Putin’s “special operation” has been “dragged out”.
The UK Ministry of Defense says Moscow has failed to achieve its original goals of capturing the government centers of Kyiv and Ukraine – but has achieved tactical success in the Donbas.
And today an expert declared that the conflict has reached a “state of attrition”.
“At the 100-day mark, the war is coming to a standstill,” Swedish economist and Russian expert Anders Aslund told The Sun Online.