Russian helicopter crashes in fireball after shot down by Ukrainian missile

DRAMATIC footage captures the moment a Russian helicopter is struck down by a Ukrainian missile as it crashes into an inferno.

The aircraft was downed in the heavily contested Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, where much of Russia’s army is still concentrated.



The remarkable clip shows the helicopter spinning it circles as it drops out of the sky.

It then explodes into a huge fireball with the resulting inferno visible for miles.

It comes as Russian troops are reportedly destroying bridges across the Seversky Donets river of the region in an attempt to block Ukrainian reinforcements from providing 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 the Ukrainian military was continuing to preserve its positions inside the town, and was pushing back Russian troops in several locations.

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On Thursday Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Luxembourg said Russia is currently occupying about 20% of Ukraine's territory, as he addressed his parliament in a video address.

But Putin’s men are said to be wavering in support and confidence of the humiliating invasion as the Russian army continues to suffer heavy losses.

Today it was exclusively reported that the Russian president is only focusing 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 turn around his disastrous military campaign in Ukraine.

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Russia has now lost an estimated 30,000 soldiers, seen thousands of destroyed tanks and aircraft, and even lost their Black Sea flagship the Moskva.

Burnt-out carcasses of Russian vehicles litter the Ukrainian countryside in what been dubbed "tank graveyards" – along with the corpses of thousands of Russian soldiers piling up.

Some 100 days into this conflict and Russia has still not yet to achieved any of its major military objectives.

Depleted and exhausted Russian forces were forced to withdraw from Kyiv in April.

And they had also been losing ground in the Donbass with Kharkiv being the latest city to be "liberated" by Ukrainian troops.

Reports suggest such the chaotic war efforts have sparked mutiny’s across the board as footage emerged of troops criticising Putin’s suicide campaign.

And as the war now reached it’s bloody 100-day milestone Russian media have extraordinarily banned from mentioning the invasion reaching its landmark date.

The Kremlin fear that discussing the conflict's climax would remind people how Putin’s "special operation" has been spectacularly "dragged out."

Britain’s defence ministry said Moscow has failed to achieve its initial objectives to seize Kyiv and Ukrainian centres of government – but was achieving tactical success in the Donbas.

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And today an expert has claimed that 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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