DRAMATIC Call-of-Duty style footage showed the moment when Ukrainian troops shot down a Russian helicopter.
The clip shared by Ukraine’s Joint Forces Task Force reportedly shows the helicopter being shot down on Oct. 1, Pravda reports.
In the past 24 hours, two Ka-52s were destroyed, as well as 3 Orlan-10 UAVs and one kamikaze drone, the Task Force reported.
The black-and-white footage shows the helicopter being tracked across eastern Ukraine before it explodes and hits the ground and bursts into flame.
It comes as Ukraine continues its swift counterattack and recaptures key cities previously occupied by Putin’s forces.
After being surrounded by fierce Ukrainian troops, Russia withdrew its struggling soldiers from the eastern city of Lyman just hours ago.
A video posted by the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff showed two grinning Ukrainian soldiers pasting the yellow-blue national flag on the welcome sign at the entrance to the city.
“October 1. We are rolling out our state flag and putting it on our land. Lyman will be Ukraine,” said one of the soldiers, standing on the hood of a military vehicle.
Russia was forced to admit defeat and withdraw after attacking Bakhmut and Saitseve in Donetsk and are now forcibly mobilizing the inhabitants of Melitopol and Berdyansk.
Russia used Lyman as a logistics and transportation hub for its operations in the north of the Donetsk region.
And its fall is Ukraine’s biggest battlefield win since a lightning-fast counteroffensive in the northeastern region of Kharkov last month.
A Ukrainian military spokesman said the capture of Lyman would allow Kiev to advance into the Luhansk region.
“Lyman is important because it is the next step towards the liberation of Ukraine’s Donbas,” he said.
The Russian Defense Ministry said: “Allied forces were withdrawn from the settlement of … Lyman to more advantageous lines due to the emergence of the threat of encirclement.”
After the major new defeat, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechen region, said Moscow should now consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine.
Russia has the world’s largest nuclear arsenal – including low-yield tactical nuclear weapons designed to be deployed against enemy armies.
Other top Putin allies, including former President Dmitry Medvedev, have suggested that Russia may have to resort to nuclear weapons, but Kadyrov’s call was the most urgent and explicit.
Lyman’s fall is a major setback for Moscow after Putin on Friday declared four regions in Ukraine to be Russia, including Donetsk, where Lyman is based.
But Ukraine and its Western allies labeled the Russian movement illegal — and Kiev pledged to go ahead with the liberation of its country.
Jens Stoltenberg, who heads the Western military alliance, said Putin’s blatant land grab wouldn’t stop NATO from giving its “unwavering support” to Ukraine.
The NATO chief said Putin’s latest move had brought the world one step closer to nuclear Armageddon.
He said: “Putin has mobilized hundreds of thousands of additional troops, engaged in irresponsible nuclear saber-rattling and now illegally annexed more Ukrainian territory,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference.
Together, this is the most serious escalation since the beginning of the war.
“NATO reaffirms its unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
“We will continue to provide firm support to Ukraine as it continues to defend itself against Russia’s aggression for as long as it takes.”
In recent days, Ukraine has officially applied for NATO membership, with 10 countries now saying they will support the move.
President Volodymyr Zelensky signed paperwork Friday for an accelerated alliance membership to “protect our entire community” after Putin’s rambunctious speech.