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Russian propaganda spreads fakes on downed Black Hawk, Ukraine's intel denies

Russian propaganda spreads fakes on downed Black Hawk, Ukraine's intel denies Representative of Ukraine's Defense Intelligence, Andrii Yusov (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Russian propaganda claims that a Ukrainian Black Hawk helicopter was allegedly shot down near the border with Russia. However, it's not true, a representative of Ukraine's Defense Intelligence, Andrii Yusov, told RBC-Ukraine.

What happened

The so-called "military correspondent" of Russia, Evgeniy Poddubny, claimed that Russian terrorists shot down a helicopter of Ukrainian soldiers in the Lukashivka area of the Chernihiv region. According to him, it is presumably the UH-60 Black Hawk.

In particular, he claims that:

  • allegedly up to 20 people were on board the helicopter;
  • Ukrainian soldiers planned to land in the territory of Kozinka, Belgorod region, to "create an image of control over the settlement."

What intelligence says

"Of course not. This information is another lie of Russian propaganda. Firstly, they reported about one and a half thousand dead Ukrainian soldiers in the Belgorod region, and other nonsense. Now another story about the Black Hawk. Black Hawks are in service, fulfilling assigned tasks, and everything is fine with them," Yusov said.

Russian raid in Belgorod region

On March 12, the Russian Volunteer Corps along with two other units broke through the border with Russia and took control of several settlements, including those in the Belgorod and Kursk regions.

Russian volunteer troops also announced strikes on Russian military positions in Belgorod and Kursk. They urged residents of these regions to evacuate.

On March 16, there were reports of explosions and fire in Belgorod, despite the Russian Ministry of Defense reporting "successful" air defense operations.