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Putin loses 55th colonel when his attack helicopter ‘is hit by missile and explodes in fireball’

Moment Putin’s 55th Colonel Was Killed When His Helicopter Was ‘Blown Out Of The Sky By Ukrainian Anti-Aircraft Missile’

  • Incredible video shows the moment a Russian colonel’s helicopter is shot down
  • Sergey Gundorov was killed in Donbas, Putin’s last straw man killed in Ukraine
  • The helicopter hit hit the ground before carting and catching fire
  • Gundorov’s death came after completing a ‘combat mission’: Russian account

Dramatic footage shows the moment when a Russian colonel crashes into his helicopter after being hit by a Ukrainian missile.

Lieutenant Colonel Sergey Gundorov, 51, was hit near Volnovakha in the Donbas.

The military helicopter flew on after being hit by a portable surface-to-air missile.

His stricken Mi-35 hit the ground before traveling over a narrow swath of forest and crashing into a fireball in a field.

The high-ranking pilot had previously won three orders of bravery

Sergey Gundorov, 51, is the 55th Russian colonel to have been assassinated in Ukraine since February 24

Sergey Gundorov, 51 (left and right), is the 55th Russian colonel to die in Ukraine since February 24. The high-ranking pilot had previously won three orders of bravery

Flames and black smoke can be seen from the explosion.

Gundorov (center) is depicted with his two sons

Gundorov (center) is depicted with his two sons

A second Russian helicopter fires decoy bullets and apparently escapes unscathed.

Gundorov is the 55th known Russian colonel to be killed in Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

A Russian account of the death of the senior pilot, first class, said: ‘A clear eternal memory of the Hero who took off on his last flight.

“Pilots don’t die, they fly into the sky… The best men are moving away from us.”

He died after completing a “combat mission,” it was alleged.

Gundorov had previously won three Orders of Courage.

Dramatic Footage Shows Military Helicopter Crashing Before Getting Into A Fireball

Dramatic Footage Shows Military Helicopter Crashing Before Getting Into A Fireball

He died on June 16, but his loss is only now being recognized.

Putin (pictured June 18) has seen dozens of his best buyers die since the start of the war

Putin (pictured June 18) has seen dozens of his best buyers die since the start of the war

One of the condolences to the Colonel, a married father of two, was a message from his youngest teenage son Ilya in which he simply said, “I love you, Daddy.”

Family photos show him with his sons and wife Anzhela.

His death follows the loss of two colonels announced on the same day last week: highly decorated Colonel Sergei Krasnikov, 56, who had volunteered to return to war, and Colonel Sergei Postnov, in his forties.

Putin has also lost at least 11 generals.

Total Russian losses are estimated at more than 30,000.

The Russian attack helicopter is said to have completed a mission before it crashed dramatically

The Russian attack helicopter is said to have completed a mission before it crashed dramatically

The news came days after Russia lost two colonels in 24 hours.

Highly decorated Colonel Sergei Krasnikov, 56, a famous action man parachuted to the North Pole, died in an ambush while on a reconnaissance mission.

He was a trained paratrooper and had engaged the criminal justice system before volunteering to fight in the Russian army in Ukraine, reports say.

Ukrainians are investigating damage in Lyubotyn near Kharkiv today after train station was destroyed

Ukrainians are investigating damage in Lyubotyn near Kharkiv today after train station was destroyed

American actor Ben Stiller was also pictured in a surprise meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky

American actor Ben Stiller was also pictured in a surprise meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky

Krasikov was the head coach of the Russian national paratrooper team.

Earlier, the death of Colonel Sergei Postnov – in his forties – was announced.

Putin has also lost at least 11 generals.

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