Putin’s troops shoot down their OWN helicopter in Kherson after it mistakenly attacked them – as Ukraine cuts off Russian forces in the province by blowing up a bridge with US-supplied HIMARS missiles
- The Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ helicopter was flown over Russian soldiers in Kherson
- It mistakenly started firing at them and they shot back at the £12m chopper
- The helicopter was shot down as Ukraine hailed the ‘gesture of goodwill’
The Ka-52 ‘Alligator’ helicopter, which costs an estimated £12million, was gunned down in Kherson, Ukraine’s General Staff revealed.
The military bosses joked it was a ‘gesture of goodwill’ from the invading forces.
Putin’s blundering forces have shot down their own helicopter in Ukraine after mistakenly thinking it was attacking them (file image of a Ka-52)
They reported that three of the helicopters were flown over the occupied region and started to shoot at the Russian troops stationed below.
They returned fire and shot down one of the choppers in what is just the latest embarrassing blow for Putin’s men.
Just last week, Russia shot down its own £35million Su-34M fighter jet in Ukraine.
Soldiers were trying to target the US-supplied HIMARS rocket launchers which have wreaked havoc since they were given to the defending forces.
But instead they shot the bomber which fell from the skies over Alchevsk, in Luhansk.
Russia shot down a rare $40million Su-34M fighter-bomber in the skies over eastern Ukraine, after wreckage was spotted near the town of Alchevsk, last week
Video of the wreck on the ground emerged the following day and revealed the words ‘Russian Aerospace Forces’ written down the side of the aircraft.
It comes as Kyiv’s forces hit a key Russian-held bridge overnight in the occupied southern city during a counter-offensive.
The Russian army has used the Antonivskiy bridge over the Dnipro River as a key resupply route into Kherson.
Ukraine’s armed forces released a clip early Wednesday apparently showing rocket fire targeting the bridge.
Kyiv has vowed a major counter-offensive to retake the strategic Kherson region.
Kyiv’s forces hit a key Russian-held bridge overnight in the occupied southern city during a counter-offensive
The Russian army has used the Antonivskiy bridge over the Dnipro River as a key resupply route into Kherson
Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-installed regional administration, confirmed that the bridge had been hit overnight and traffic had been halted.
But he sought to downplay the damage, insisting that the attack will not affect the outcome of the hostilities ‘in any way.’
‘The special military operation is continuing,’ Stremousov said in a video posted on social media, using the Kremlin’s term for Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
‘Occupiers should learn how to swim across the Dnipro River,’ tweeted Mikhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
‘Or should leave Kherson while it is still possible.’
Ukraine’s bid to oust the Kremlin’s forces has been bolstered by longer-range Western weapons that have allowed Kyiv to target Russian supply lines deeper in occupied areas.