An eloquent video of one of the flights of a pair of Ukrainian Mi-8s carrying aid and reinforcements to the defenders of besieged Mariupol has appeared on the Internet.
Breakthrough of the front line at ultra-low altitude and maximum speed, flight over 100 km over the territory already occupied by the enemy. Then, along the coast a few meters above the water, hiding behind a steep bank to the port of Mariupol. And then in the opposite direction.
It is known that in such flights, of which there were seven, usually two helicopters took part, only one – four. This allowed the defenders of Mariupol to transport weapons, ammunition, medicine and food. The garrison of the besieged city was also sent by 72 soldiers. During these sorties, the enemy was able to destroy two bots – on the fifth and seventh missions, as well as one of the helicopters of the search and rescue team.
After that, it became impossible to carry out such flights due to the loss of territory that could be used as a helipad, as well as due to extremely high risks.
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