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Russian military helicopter "accidentally" shot down by Azerbaijani forces, killing two crew members


The Russian military helicopter is "accidentally" shot down by Azerbaijani forces, killing two crew members and immediately apologizing to Putin

  • Mi-24 helicopters shot down in Armenia near the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic
  • The plane was hit by a portable air defense system at 2:30 a.m. on Monday
  • It escorted the convoy to the Russian military base and the third person was injured

A Russian military helicopter was shot down by Azerbaijani forces, killing two crew members.

The Mi-24 helicopter was shot down in Armenia near the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, an inland enclave of Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Defense said in Moscow.

The statement said the helicopter was struck around 2:30 p.m. near the village of Yeraskh while escorting a convoy to the Russian military base in Armenia.

A Russian military helicopter was shot down by Azerbaijani forces, killing two crew members (picture)

The Mi-24 helicopter was shot down in Armenia near the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, an inland enclave of Azerbaijan (photo).

The Mi-24 helicopter was shot down in Armenia near the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, an inland enclave of Azerbaijan (picture).

The statement said the helicopter was hit by a portable air defense system on Monday.

Your armed forces are fighting against Armenian-backed separatists in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

A third person has been injured and evacuated, the ministry said in a statement, and an investigation into the Russian base is ongoing.

The statement said the helicopter (pictured) was struck around 2:30 p.m. near the village of Yeraskh while accompanying a convoy to the Russian military base in Armenia

The statement said the helicopter (pictured) was struck around 2:30 p.m. near the village of Yeraskh while accompanying a convoy to the Russian military base in Armenia

The Armenian authorities said the Russian helicopter crashed "in a ravine" near the village of Yeraskh.

The incident occurred during a battle between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists.

Azerbaijan said its armed forces had captured the strategic city of Susha on Sunday, but Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Monday that the fighting would continue.

Russia, which has a military alliance with Armenia, has said it would only intervene if the fighting reached Armenian soil.

A third person has been injured and evacuated, the ministry said in a statement, and an investigation into the Russian base is ongoing

A third person has been injured and evacuated, the ministry said in a statement, and an investigation into the Russian base is ongoing

The Armenian authorities said the Russian helicopter crashed "in a ravine" near the village of Yeraskh (crash site, picture)

The Armenian authorities said the Russian helicopter crashed "in a ravine" near the village of Yeraskh (crash site, picture)

This came after Pashinyan asked President Vladimir Putin to open "urgent" consultations on security assistance.

At the end of September there were new clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed separatists around Nagorno-Karabakh, which declared its independence almost 30 years ago.

The recent fighting has been the worst in decades. At least 1,000 people were killed, including dozens of civilians. The death toll is likely to be much higher.

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