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Ukraine ‘destroys Russian Black Sea navy tug carrying weapons to Snake Island’ and downs helicopter

Ukraine ‘destroys Russian naval tug on Black Sea carrying weapons to Snake Island’ and shoots down helicopter with fresh blows to Putin’s invasion

  • Released videos show Russian tugboat and helicopter destroyed by missiles
  • Russian Navy Tug Reportedly Delivers Soldiers And Weapons To Snake Island
  • Russian attack helicopter was reportedly hit by MANPADS near Donetsk
  • Both losses will be a blow to Putin’s crushing invasion of Ukraine

Videos have been released alleging Ukrainian missiles wreak havoc on Russian military systems when a tugboat is hit near Snake Island and a helicopter crashes near Donetsk.

Both losses will be a blow to Putin’s scathing invasion of Ukraine, which is making steady progress in the east of the country but at a huge cost in life and equipment.

The Ukrainian navy has released footage of what is believed to be an anti-ship missile hitting the tugboat Vasily Bekh at 4 a.m. as it delivered soldiers, weapons and ammunition to the hard-fought Snake Island.

The tug’s Tor air-missile system failed to stop the attack, but it remained afloat and was evacuated for repair after sustaining significant damage.

It was first reported to have been hit by a Harpoon missile, but there was also speculation that either a British-supplied Brimstone missile or a ship-based missile defense system was used.

The attack on the Russian naval tug in the Black Sea was recorded by a loitering Bayraktar TB2 drone, although the drone is not believed to have fired the missile.

Russia's Black Sea Navy tugboat Vasily Bekh was reportedly hit by an anti-ship missile at 4 a.m. while delivering troops and weapons to Snake Island.

Russia’s Black Sea Navy tugboat Vasily Bekh was reportedly hit by an anti-ship missile at 4 a.m. while delivering troops and weapons to Snake Island.

The Tor anti-aircraft system was unable to stop the attack, but the tug remained afloat and was evacuated for repair after sustaining significant damage

The Tor anti-aircraft system was unable to stop the attack, but the tug remained afloat and was evacuated for repair after sustaining significant damage

The Tor anti-aircraft system was unable to stop the attack, but the tug remained afloat and was evacuated for repair after sustaining significant damage.  Pictured: The Vasily Bekh in happier times

The Tor anti-aircraft system was unable to stop the attack, but the tug remained afloat and was evacuated for repair after sustaining significant damage. Pictured: The Vasily Bekh in happier times

The strike was initially claimed by Maxim Marchenko, head of the regional war administration in Odessa, although the Ukrainian navy subsequently removed the video from their Twitter account.

The Vasyl Bekh has served in the Russian Black Sea Fleet since 2017.

Meanwhile, video shows what is allegedly a Russian Mi-35M attack helicopter engulfed in flames while being hit by an Igla MANPADS (man-portable air defense system) near the front lines in the Donetsk region.

The Igla is a Soviet-made infrared surface-to-air missile system from Ukraine’s original military stockpiles. There were conflicting reports that the missile could be a US-supplied Stinger.

Intense but exhausting trench and artillery warfare rages in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions as Vladimir Putin attempts to annex the regions to Russia after abandoning his loftier goals of conquering the entire country.

The heaviest fighting of recent times has taken place around the town of Severdonetsk, 60 miles north of Donetsk, where the attack helicopter is said to have been shot down.

The Azov SSO has claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian helicopter.

Video claims to show what is allegedly a Russian Mi-35M attack helicopter engulfed in flames as it is hit by an Igla MANPADS (man-portable air defense system) near the front lines in the Donetsk region

Video claims to show what is allegedly a Russian Mi-35M attack helicopter engulfed in flames as it is hit by an Igla MANPADS (man-portable air defense system) near the front lines in the Donetsk region

The helicopter manages to continue steaming for a few moments, even as it bursts into flames, before the catastrophic damage takes its toll

The helicopter manages to continue steaming for a few moments, even as it bursts into flames, before the catastrophic damage takes its toll

The Azov SSO later claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian helicopter

The Azov SSO later claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian helicopter

The Russian losses come as the head of British armed forces insisted that Russia has already “strategically lost” the war in Ukraine.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said Russia was “a more diminished power” capable of only “minor” territorial gains after nearly four months of fighting.

It has effectively taken control of Ukraine’s eastern regions, but at great cost, estimated at a quarter of its military resources, he added.

It is running out of troops and advanced missiles and could never take over the rest of the country.

He was speaking when Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced that the UK has bought more than 20 M109 long-range guns to send to Ukraine. The Belgian-made weapons fire 155mm shells with an accuracy of up to 25 miles.

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