[A] Ukrainian military helicopter exploded at a base near the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Friday after being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, officials in Kiev said. The helicopter was hit in the fuel tank and exploded.
“An army Mi-8 helicopter has exploded at the Kramatorsk aerodrome,” the defence ministry in Kiev said in a statement.
The chopper was on the ground when it was targeted and that the pilot managed to escape but sustained injuries.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, accused Russia of wanting to start “a third world war” and called for for international help against “Russian aggression” after it emerged that Russian troops were on exercises less than a mile from the border.
“The aggressive efforts of the Russian military on Ukraine’s soil will lead to a conflict on European soil,” he said in a televised cabinet meeting. “Russia’s support for the terrorists in Ukraine constitutes an international crime and we call on the international community to unite against the Russian aggression.”