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Ukraine's special forces say they destroyed 9 Russian helicopters in occupied territories

by Dinara Khalilova and The Kyiv Independent news desk October 17, 2023 2:47 PM 2 min read
A tail part of Russian helicopter that was shot down in Kherson Oblast is exhibited in the Dnipro History Museum on June 2, 2023 in Dnipro, Ukraine. (Global Images Ukraine / Getty)
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Ukrainian overnight strikes on Russian military airfields in occupied Luhansk and Berdiansk destroyed nine helicopters, an air defense system, and an ammunition warehouse, the Special Operations Forces reported on Oct. 17.

The attacks also hit the airfields’ runways and “special equipment" stored at the premises, the Ukrainian military said, without elaborating on the nature of this equipment.

Dozens of Russian personnel were killed and wounded as a result of the operation, according to the report. “Bodies are still being pulled from the rubble.”

The Special Operations Forces is a branch of Ukraine’s Armed Forces that conducts reconnaissance missions and covert operations behind enemy lines.

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