The relevant statement was made by the South Operational Command on Facebook, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“The day before, one of four helicopters, presumably Ka-52, which was approaching Snake Island in the evening, was hit and fell into the sea, between Snake Island and the Odesa gas condensate field,” the report states.
According to the South Operational Command, Russians attempted to organize a rescue operation, but their helicopter joined the missile cruiser Moskva, which had sunk earlier.
In order to reduce the intensity of Ukraine Army’s rocket and artillery fire on Snake Island, Russian troops twice attacked the Black Sea coast area in the south of Odesa Region with Su-35 fighters. The enemy aircrafts fired three Kh-31D missiles. No casualties or damage were recorded.
In the Black Sea, the enemy’s naval group now consists of two missile ships and two large landing crafts. They continue to blockade the north-western part of the Black Sea but keep a far distance, as they became vulnerable after Russia’s air defense on Snake Island was destroyed.
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