Video shows Russian helicopter wreck being extracted from the Kyiv Sea reservoir

5 May, 01:08 PM
The Russian Mi-35M helicopter was lifted from the bottom of the Kyiv Sea (Photo:Video frame Army INFORM)

The Russian Mi-35M helicopter was lifted from the bottom of the Kyiv Sea (Photo:Video frame Army INFORM)

A wreck of a Russian Mi-35M helicopter downed during the very beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been dredged from the bottom of the Kyiv Sea reservoir to the north of the Ukrainian capital.

Footage of the extraction was posted in a military-themed Telegram channel Army INFORM.

An Mi-35M is estimated to cost around $36 million.

Russia attempted numerous airborne assaults on towns near Kyiv in the opening days of the invasion, most notably – on Hostomel and Vasylkiv. During one of them the helicopter was shot down while flying low over the reservoir, with a U.S.-made Stinger MANPADS.

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Video footage of the incident at the time circulated on social media. It showed at least one Russian helicopter being hit by a missile and crashing into the Kyiv Sea. In another video, a soldier on the banks of the Kyiv Sea is seen firing a MANPADS at a helicopter.

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