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On The Scene: Ukrainian Military Helicopter Downed

Ukrainian Military Helicopter Downed (voiced report)i
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Arash Arabasadi
April 25, 2014 6:08 PM
A Ukrainian military helicopter exploded at a base near the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Friday, apparently after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. VOA's Arash Arabasadi, one of the first reporters on the scene, shot this video of the blast.
Arash Arabasadi
VOA reporters were on the scene as a Ukrainian military helicopter exploded at a base near the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Friday, apparently after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
 
A local resident saw the explosion but not what caused it.

“Something exploded,” he said. “Then the helicopter caught fire. We saw nothing. We did not see the any people near the helicopter.”

Multiple explosions followed and echoed throughout the surrounding area.

Officials in Kyiv said the explosion was caused by a rocket-propelled grenade.
 
Until the blasts, the air base was quiet, except for a few protesters manning a makeshift checkpoint. They said they were there to defend local people from the Ukrainian military.

Afterward, security forces cleared out the protesters.

Area residents like Sergei Kalina said that civilians could get hurt during these military operations.

"Schools are closed,” he said. “Kindergartens are closed. How are we not worried?"

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by: Fergal from: Ireland
April 25, 2014 11:34 AM
Title claimes it was Downed. Your report claims locals did not see it being 'Downed'. Your artical is sensationalist!

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by: Ben from: USA
April 25, 2014 1:24 PM
According to Ukrainian officials, it was caused by a rocket-propelled grenade (see the middle of the article). VOA probably had their statement in mind when creating the title.


by: meanbill from: USA
April 25, 2014 11:26 AM
ONE must wonder; - Is this another "false flag" operation, like the "false flag" chemical attacks in Syria, and the Turkey "false flag" operation in Syria? -- WHO can you trust? -- IF only Snowden didn't reveal those US secret clandestine operations?

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