Ukrainian Helicopter Downed near Slavyansk

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An Mi-8 helicopter belonging to the Ukrainian armed forces involved in a military operation in eastern Ukraine was shot down.

“An Mi-8 helicopter of Ukrainian armed forces has been shot down near Slavyansk using MANPADS,” said Dmitry Tymchuk, head of the International Resistance Group based in Kiev, Interfax reported.

“Preliminary findings indicate that nine servicemen, including three crewmembers, are among the dead,” Tymchuk added.

Meanwhile, Vladyslav Seleznyov, head of a military operation’s information service, said that details of the incident and its aftermath were yet unknown.

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