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Helicopter explodes at Kramatorsk airfield in eastern Ukraine (VIDEOS)

Published time: April 25, 2014 09:21
Edited time: April 25, 2014 13:04
Still from YouTube video/NewCrimea

Still from YouTube video/NewCrimea

Self-defence troops have confirmed they attacked a Ukrainian military helicopter at an airfield in eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. A plume of smoke can be seen rising over the area in a number of online videos.

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“Our people approached the airfield, shot a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) in the direction of the helicopter. There was an explosion. [Kiev] militants started shooting and we [protesters] retreated,” a representative from the Kramatorsk self-defence troops told RIA Novosti.

А video posted online shows a loud explosion at the site where a plume of smoke is seen. The smoke was swiftly followed by another explosion. Witnesses say fire was also seen in the area of the blast.

Still from YouTube video/NewCrimea

The blowing up of the helicopter has also been confirmed by Ukraine’s Security Service, the SBU.

Earlier, reports from, said several explosions took place at about 11am local time (09:00 GMT). The explosions were followed by a fire and smoke, the news portal added.

“An Mi-8 helicopter has exploded at Kramatorsk airfield, with no victims reported. The pilot managed to jump [from the plane],” Dmitry Tyimchyuk, the head of the Center for War-Political Investigations told news. “The preliminary theory is that the helicopter caught fire during a warm-up before a flight.”

Earlier, the representatives of the Kramatorsk Interior Ministry said anti-government protesters were behind the explosions. The ministry didn’t report any victims.

However, local residents say that at least three people died in the explosions. They say the blast took place when the Ukrainian military was arming the helicopter.

According to SBU General Vasily Krutov, the helicopter was targeted by a sniper, who shot the fuel tank. He added that the pilot was injured in the incident.

Comments (282)


ev Pocket 26.04.2014 07:39

Nico L 25.04.2014 23:49

In the US, do you have a Nazi party elected into Parliament? I don't think so. But Ukraine does. Moreover, here in North America anything "nazi" is treated as an exotic beast, like no big a deal. But in Eastern Europe, because of their history, it is perceived as something very dangerous, not to be taken lightly.


We do not have a parliament in the US. The electoral system is completely different our Senate and House of Representatives is nothing like a European nation's parliament.


ev Pocket 26.04.2014 07:37

Just as the right sector was most likely funded by foreign interests. This new sector is funded and supported materially by Rus. gov't.
The USandA sure as he ll isn't in East ukraine stirring up trouble right now. Only Russia can gain from this violence. And it is said if you want to know who is responsible, look first at who can gain from the situation. Which most folk are too dumb to do. And it will really bother me when people on RT who call themselves free thinkers and intelligent people will trash the notion of Russian involvement because they hate the US/EU. Neither side is above treachery.


ev Pocket 26.04.2014 07:33

Question: Why are a number of the 'protesters' seen taking buildings in east ukr armed with Berkut shields AND helmets, weapons, gear that was almost certainly taken from Maidan protests? Aren't those right sector folk who should be against this? Or are these just goons and hooligans propagating this whole mess.
At least now that there has been violence, and it was started by the "protesters&quo t; the Ukr military can crack down on this attempt to divide and conquer their nation and start using force on these terrorists.

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