Over the past 24 hours, Russian air defense systems shot down one Ukrainian Mi-24 attack helicopter, as well as a military transport aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force. This was announced on Thursday, May 26, by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov.
He noted that a military transport aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force in the Kremidovka region of the Odessa region, delivering ammunition and weapons, was shot down in the air.
“Russian air defense systems shot down one Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter over the village of Gusarovka, Kharkiv region,” he said.
Konashenkov also noted that 13 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles, including two jet Tu-143 “Flight” aircraft, were destroyed by Russian forces in the areas of the settlements of Zeleny Gay in the Kherson region, Bolshie and Malye Prokhody, Gavrilovka, Veseleye in the Kharkiv region, Epifanovka, Kirovsk of the Lugansk People’s Republic. Soviet-made in the area of the village of Melovatka in the LPR.
Earlier on Wednesday, Igor Konashenkov said that the Russian Armed Forces destroyed the production workshops of the Motor Sich plant in Zaporozhye, which produced aircraft engines for combat aviation of the Ukrainian Air Force, including drones.
On May 24, it became known that Russian aviation destroyed a large warehouse of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Razdolovka, where shells for American M-777 howitzers were stored.
On February 24, Russia announced the start of a special operation to protect Donbass. The operation began against the backdrop of the situation in the Donbass that worsened in mid-February. The authorities of the DPR and LPR reported increased shelling by Ukrainian troops, announced the evacuation of civilians in the Russian Federation and asked for recognition of independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree.