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Media: Military helicopter crashes in Russian-occupied Crimea, killing 2
Two pilots were killed after a Mi-28N military helicopter crashed in Russian-occupied Crimea, BBC Russia reported on May 12.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the helicopter crashed during a "routine training exercise" in the Dzhankoi district of Crimea.
The crash is being attributed to equipment failure, BBC Russia wrote. There was allegedly no ammunition on board.
Mi-28N helicopters are "intended for defeating armored and non-armored vehicles, low-speed low-flying air targets, as well as manpower on the battlefield," BBC Russia wrote, citing a Russian Defense Ministry website.
Russia has occupied Crimea since 2014 in the wake of Ukraine's EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Since the start of the full-scale war, Russia has been using Crimea to launch missiles against mainland Ukraine and as a logistic route to transfer equipment to the southern battlefield.