The Ukrainian Army secured another win today near Robotyne. They successfully shot down a Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter worth USD 16 million. Early this morning, they also targeted and shot down a similar aircraft in Bakhmut.
These two helicopters’ combined value is a staggering USD 32 million. In Russian currency, the loss amounts to 1,486,576,000.00 Rubles. The fluctuating Ruble value is predicted to take another hit tomorrow. Yet, Russian President Putin asserts that the imposed sanctions are ineffective.
Regardless of economic impacts, the human cost is undeniable. Ejected from downed helicopters, survival is near impossible. The rotary momentum often proves fatal, leaving no survivors behind. Many believe luck plays a significant role in surviving such incidents, as controlled crashes are scarce.
In the end, though the Ukrainian Army’s triumph ensures safer airspace, it underlines the ongoing tension with Russia.