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Russian air defenses down Ukraine’s Mi-8 helicopter in DPR - Defense Ministry

Russian air defenses also intercepted 27 HIMARS rockets

MOSCOW, November 5. /TASS/. Russian air defenses downed a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter and intercepted 27 HIMARS rockets in the past day, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.

"Air defenses downed a Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter near Ugledar in the Donetsk People’s Republic," he noted. "In addition, 27 US-made HIMARS rockets were intercepted near the Leninskoye and Mospino settlements in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Novaya Kakhovka in the Kherson Region," Konashenkov added.

He also said that nine unmanned aerial vehicles had been downed in the previous day near the Kalininskoye, Sadok and Tomarino settlements in the Kherson Region and the Stepnoye, Nikolayevka and Zelyony Gai in the Donetsk People’s Republic.

According to the Defense Ministry, a total of 331 aircraft, 169 helicopters, 2,435 unmanned aerial vehicles, 386 rocket systems, 6,335 tanks and other combat armored vehicles, 882 multiple rocket launchers, 3,554 field artillery pieces and mortars, as well as 7,048 military motor vehicles, have been destroyed since the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine.