The Russian military rescued the surviving crew of the downed Mi-8 helicopter

The flight engineer and gunner of the Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter shot down by the Russian military while trying to break into Mariupol are now being treated at the Russian military hospital in Melitopol


The Ukrainian military survived the crash of a downed Mi-8 helicopter on approach to Mariupol. A video with them is at the disposal of RIA Novosti.

Two Ukrainian Mi-8s were shot down on April 5 while trying to break into Mariupol. On board one of the helicopters were flight engineer Dmitry Burlakov and gunner Ivan Gavrilenko. Now they are being treated at the Russian military hospital in Melitopol.

“Thank you very much to them. I was picked up near the helicopter lying down <…> They didn't let me die, — Burlakov said.

The hospital doctor said that Burlakov's condition was assessed as stable. Gavrilenko was diagnosed with numerous shrapnel wounds and serious burns— 55 & ndash; 60%, now doctors are fighting for his life.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, reported on April 5 that Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopters tried to “break through to the city from the sea” to evacuate the commanders of the “Azov” battalion (recognized as extremist in Russia). They were shot down by man-portable air defense systems.

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At the end of March, the Ministry of Defense announced that it had offered Kiev to open humanitarian corridors and release from Mariupol all nationalists who had laid down weapon. The department added that they had received a refusal from the Ukrainian side.

Later, the DPR refused to let the military controlled by Kiev out of Mariupol, as they considered them criminals. “They were killing civilians. Yes, we guarantee to keep them alive, but I don’t think we will let them go,— emphasized the representative of the People's Militia of the DPR, Eduard Basurin.

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