A video showing an attack helicopter barely missing cars on a Ukrainian highway is going viral on social media. The video was posted on Twitter on Friday by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry.
“Welcome to Ukraine,” read the caption of the post, which garnered more than 1.2 million views in just a few hours.
Watch the video below:
Welcome to Ukraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/LdFhrzwn2m
— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) October 20, 2022
The video showed a helicopter flying very close to a road. A camera inside a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction captured the dramatic scene.
The clip racked up over 42,000 likes in just a few hours. In the comments section, netizens praised the pilot for his impressive skills.
“The pilot is really a very qualified expert!” wrote one user. “It’s definitely years of respect for training for the fighter pilot,” added another.
A third commented: ‘It’s not your usual way of getting to work, but everyone has a job to do’, while a fourth explained: ‘It’s one of the methods used to prevent the enemy from spotting the plane. Flying at very low altitude and following the layout of public roads at a speed equal to the speed of cars. That’s cool”.
Amid the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, low-flying helicopters are not uncommon. In fact, according to Newsweek, this is common practice in wartime as pilots on both sides of the conflict do their best not to be identified by enemy radar. This practice also helps to avoid being shot down by surface-to-air missiles.
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Meanwhile, in recent weeks, Russia has stepped up its attack on critical infrastructure in Ukraine. Earlier this week, Ukrainians even faced their first large-scale nationwide electricity disruptions as authorities sought to curb supply to allow energy companies to repair electrical installations that were pounded by the Russian airstrikes.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that Russian airstrikes had damaged 30% of Ukraine’s power plants in just over a week.