detachment of the Ukrainian paratrooper unit at
Oleksandrivka in Donetsk region. The aircraft fall
can be seen in video followed by great explosion
upon impact. To the left of the cloud of smoke and
fire a white parachute descending to the ground
can be seen. Therefore, the pilot was most likely
rescued. By the way it was Russia’s 30th loss of
this type of aircraft since the war started. Only
Ka-52 helicopters suffered higher losses, 34. In
April Russia also lost three helicopter, all of them
Mi-24. One was shot down by a Ukrainian 10th
Independent Mountain Attack Brigade on April
5 near the village of Berestov in the county of
Bakhmut, Donetsk region. The aircraft belonged
to the 112th Independent Helicopter Regiment
and its loss was confirmed by the Russian
authorities. It was hit by Piorun portable missile.
Both crew members were killed. One of them was
Lt. Ilnaz Fazylov. On April 20, under the unknown
circumstances, Mi-24VM was lost. According to
the limited information it crashed into the Sea
of Azov near Kyrylivke in Melitopol county. At
least one crew member was killed identified as
Major Andrej Suetov. On April 24, near Krupyansk
in Kharkov region a wreck of the Russian
Mi-24VM helicopter was found. It was stated
that it had crashed after hitting the high voltage
lines. Both crew members were killed. One loss
was sustained far from the war zone during the
non-combat flight. It’s an example of the negative
impact of the war on the Russian aircraft
maintenance. On April 26 a Mig-31BM was set on
fire and consequently crashed near the village of
Rizh-Guba. Both pilots ejected successfully.
Accused of treason
In the end let’s present the case which show the
damages caused by disobeying the orders-even
with the best intentions. In the middle of April,
a group of Ukrainian soldiers was accused of
treason and abuse of power. The reason was that
during the unauthorized mission they disclosed
the information that, in July 2022, enabled the
Russians to successfully attack the reserve
airbase Kanatove. The Ukrainian secret service
Russian Major Andrei Suetov was killed on April 20
in a Mi-24VM.
Major Andrei Suetov's name is also on the S-8 rocket
that the Russian unit feeds into the missile launcher
on the Mi-24.
About half of the tanks in the Black Sea Fleet's fuel depot in Sevastopol burned down on April 29.
A Ukrainian Su-25 fires unguided missiles at Russian
A HARM missile homed in on this Russian Tor
system (SA-15 Gauntlet).
Lieutenant Commander Ilnaz Fazylov was killed on
April 5 after his Mi-24 was shot down by the Ukrainian
10 Independent Mountain Assault Brigade.
The crash of a MiG-31BM fighter in the Murmansk region was
captured on video on April 26.