The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed reports that a Russian military helicopter was shot down in Armenia near the border with Azerbaijan on Monday, killing two crew members.
The ministry said that the Mi-24 helicopter was hit by a man-portable air-defence system close to the border with Azerbaijan, whose forces are fighting Armenian-backed separatists in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
A third person was injured and evacuated, the ministry said in a statement.
The helicopter was shot down near the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, a landlocked exclave of Azerbaijan, the statement said.
A helicopter of the Russian Air Force has been SHOT DOWN near the Azerbaijan-Armenia border. Reportedly the helicopter was shot down close to Nakhchivan region and fell down in Ararat region of #Armenia, close to the #Azerbaijan-Armenia border.#Russia pic.twitter.com/vq9ylqNx8j
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