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British high velocity missile ‘rips in half Russiɑn helicopter in first use’

A Russiαn helicopter is thought to have been shot down by an ultra modern British missile in its first use after being supplied to the Ukrαine army.

Footage shows Starstreak, a high-velocity portable anti-air missile, hitting the helicopter and ripping it in half over the Luhansk region in eastern Ukrαine, it is reported.

The Starstreak is the UK’s most advanced manned portable missile system and hits targets with three kinetic darts.

A video showing the tail of a Mi-28N helicopter being snapped off has been verified, reported the Times, with a Ministry of Defence source saying it showed a Starstreak in action in Ukrαine.

The video shows the helicopter being struck

The source also said that the anti-air missile system has been used in Ukrαine for almost a week.

Vladimir Putin ’s negotiators have said this week that Russiαn forces would ease back from attacks on Kyiv and northern Ukrαine although shelling has continued and there is a fear that they are simply regrouping.

It comes as Ukrαine has managed to retake some territory taken from the Russiαns especially around Kyiv.

The Starstreak was deployed in Luhansk

Ukrαiniαn President Zelenskiy said in a video address that the military situation in the east remained extremely difficult and Russiα was preparing for new strikes in the Donbas region and the city of Kharkiv.

He added that Russiαn troops in the north of the country were pulling back, slowly but noticeably.

Following Russiα’s invasion of Ukrαine on February 24, the UK’s defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said Starstreak missiles would be sent to help protect the country.

The Starstreak missile has been provided to Ukrαine forces by the British army ( Image: PA)

In a statement to MPs, he said: “In response to a Ukrαiniαn request, the Government has taken the decision to explore the donation of Starstreak high-velocity manned portable anti-air missiles.

“We believe that this system will remain within the definition of defensive weapons but will allow the Ukrαiniαn force to better defend their skies.

“We shall also be increasing the supplies of rations, medical equipment and other non-lethal military aid.
The Starstreak missile has been used in Ukrαine for almost a week, it is reported ( Image: PA)

The UK has insisted it will not put troops on the ground in Ukrαine but, along with NATO allies, it will supply defensive support to President Zelensky’s troops.

The defence secretary stressed the Government is “bound by the decision to supply defensive systems” and not escalate the war.

The helicopter was shot down in the Luhansk region of Ukrαine ( Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The UK provided 4,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukrαine’s armed forces, including Next-Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons Systems, or NLAWs, and Javelin missiles.

And then at the end of March, Britain announced that it was sending another 6,000 missiles to Ukrαine which included anti-tank and high explosive weapons, along with another £25million for the Ukrαiniαn military.