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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukrainian Helicopters Shot Down Over Slavyansk
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The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has confirmed that two military helicopters have been downed by Russian or Russian-backed forces in Slavyansk. A statement (in English) on the Ministry of Defence website reads:

Overnight into May 2, there were shot down two Ukrainian Armed Forces Mi-24 helicopters while patrolling the defined area.

According to the preliminary data, the combat wing aircrafts were shot down by unknown persons by means of man-portable air defense system (PZRK). Two servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed forces are dead, several persons are wounded.

Besides, one Mi-8 helicopter of Army Aviation, Ukrainian Armed Forces, was damaged by small arms fire. There are no injured and wounded persons in this case.

This fact of the PZRK use against the Ukrainian Armed Forces testifies that the well trained and armed groups are currently acting in Donetsk Oblast. They complete terroristic acts trying to destabilize the situation in the region. Neither of them realizes their actions result in deaths and wounds; children become orphans. Such behaviour is common for militaries of other countries or experienced contractors who are ready to act against any person for reimbursement.

There is video footage circulating which purports to show a pilot from one of the downed Mi-24s, having been captured by Russian-backed fighters.

A second statement on the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence site says:

The crew members of two shot down Mi-24 helicopters and one damaged Mi-8 helicopter of Army Aviation, Ukrainian Armed Forces are evacuated with their service arms.

One heavy-wounded pilot was captured by extremists who waited for the emergency landing of the helicopter. His location is known; there are taken measures for his urgent liberation.

Here is a YouTube video which claims to show an Mi-8 helicopter under gun-fire from Slavyansk:

Ukraine's 5 Channel is showing images of what appears to be one of the downed Mi-24s:

Russian media, including both Rossiya 24 and Komsomolskaya Pravda are disseminating this video, which they claim shows the launch of a surface-to-air missile in Slavyansk. (Note that the preview image used is unrelated to the footage shown):