DRAMATIC footage captures the moment a Russian helicopter is hit by a Ukrainian missile as it plummets into an inferno.
The plane was shot down in the heavily contested Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, where much of the Russian army is still concentrated.
The remarkable clip shows the helicopter spinning as it falls from the sky.
It then explodes into a giant fireball, the resulting inferno of which can be seen for miles.
It comes as Russian troops are reportedly destroying bridges across the Seversky Donets River in the region to prevent Ukrainian reinforcements from helping civilians in the city of Sievierodonetsk, a local official reported.
According to The Independent, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said on live TV that the Ukrainian military is continuing to maintain positions in the city and is pushing back Russian troops in several places.
On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Luxembourg that Russia currently occupies about 20% of Ukraine’s territory, addressing his parliament in a video address.
But Putin’s men are said to be wavering in support and confidence in the humiliating invasion as the Russian army continues to suffer heavy casualties.
Today, it was exclusively reported that the Russian president is only focused on the Donbass region amid accusations that he has “gone soft on Ukraine.”
It comes as Putin comes under mounting pressure from his generals to dramatically reverse his disastrous military campaign in Ukraine.
Russia has now lost an estimated 30,000 troops, seen thousands of tanks and planes destroyed, and even lost its Black Sea flagship, the Moskva.
Burnt-out carcasses of Russian vehicles litter the Ukrainian countryside in so-called “tank cemeteries” — along with the bodies of thousands of Russian soldiers piled high.
Roughly 100 days into this conflict, Russia has still not achieved any of its key military objectives.
Exhausted and exhausted Russian forces were forced to withdraw from Kyiv in April.
And they had also lost ground in the Donbass, with Kharkiv being the last city “liberated” by Ukrainian troops.
Reports suggest such a chaotic war effort has sparked mutinies across the board, as footage emerged of troops criticizing Putin’s suicide campaign.
And as the war has now reached its bloody 100-day milestone, the Russian media has strictly forbidden mention of the invasion, which is reaching its milestone date.
The Kremlin fears that discussing the height of the conflict would remind people how Putin’s “special operation” has been spectacularly “drawn out.”
Britain’s Defense Ministry said Moscow had failed in its initial goals of capturing Kyiv and Ukraine’s government centers – but had achieved tactical successes in Donbass.
And today, an expert has claimed the conflict has reached a “state of attrition.”
Speaking to The Sun Online, Swedish economist and Russia expert Anders Aslund said: “At the 100-day mark, the war is at a stalemate.”
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