Ukrainian troops have shot down five Russian helicopters, destroyed dozens of tanks and captured dozens of troops in the first hours since Vladimir Putin ordered his forces to invade this morning. 

With an Air Defense System and Air Force dating back to Soviet times, Kiev’s Military is much inferior to that of Russia.

But NATO and the US, despite deploying soldiers to neighbouring Romania in recent months, have made it clear that no troops will be sent and left the Ukrainian military to hold off the assault alone. 

On Thursday, fighting was still ongoing in Kiev along the Belarusian border. 

It is unlikely that Ukraine will emerge victorious in what appears to be a long, bloody and vicious conflict. But, Kiev’s forces seem to have suffered heavy losses against Putin’s troops so far. 

MailOnline examines the Russian losses that Ukrainian forces inflicted upon Russia. 

At least 15 T-72 tanks were destroyed or damaged by the Ukrainian forces using the Javelin PTRK, an American anti-tank missile, nearly Glukhov in the country's east late this afternoon

At least 15 T-72 tank tanks were damaged or destroyed by Ukrainian forces. The Javelin PTRK is an anti-tank weapon from America. It was used to close in on Glukhov, the eastern part of the country, late today afternoon.

Ukrainian forces have claimed to have shot out of the air at least four Russian KA-52 Alligator attack helicopters during a battle for Gostomel air base. A fifth helicopter (pictured) was forced to make an emergency landing at the field under heavy fire

During a Battle for Gostomel, Ukrainian forces claimed that they shot at least four Russian KA-52 Alligator attack helicopters out of the sky. The fifth helicopter, (pictured), was forced to perform an emergency landing on the field after being subjected to heavy fire.

An image captured near Kiev shows what appears to be the wreckage of a downed Russian attack helicopter with a soldier parachuting out of it (to the left of the frame)

A photograph taken near Kiev depicts what looks like the remains of a Russian attack helicopter. It also shows a soldier parachuting from it (towards the frame).

The attack has come to Ukraine on all fronts with bombs and missiles dropped on targets across the country in the early hours, followed by troop attacks from Crimea, the Donbass, Belgorod and Belarus as well as helicopter landings in Kiev and at power plants on the Dnieper River. Chernobyl nuclear power plant has also fallen to Russian forces

Ukraine has been attacked from all sides. In the morning, missiles and bombs were dropped on various targets in Ukraine. There was also troop attack by the Donbasss, Belgorod and Belarus. Also, helicopter landings at Kiev and power plants along the Dnieper River. Russian forces also took the Chernobyl nuclear power station.

Helicopters, planes and jets 

Earlier today, Ukrainian forces claimed to have shot out of the air up to four Russian KA-52 Alligator attack helicopters  during a battle for Gostomel air base. 

Under heavy fire, a fifth helicopter had to land on the field in an emergency. 

A squadron comprising 20 Russian helicopters flooded the sky over Kiev just after noon on Thursday to bombard the runway.  

However, the Ukrainian ground forces launched an attack to retaliate. As the Russian helicopters were shooting at the sky, the jets were seen streaking above the city and we moved in to take the field.  

A Russian helicopter is shot down somewhere over Kiev

The wreckage of what appears to be a jet falls from the skies near the capital

Russian helicopter crashes somewhere above Kiev, while the remains of what looks like a plane fall from the sky near the capital.

It was clear that the intruders had been very close to the capital. A second panicked wave was sparked by the distant sounds of fighter planes above the capital.  

Ukrainian forces claimed that six Russian aircraft were shot out of the sky in the eastern Donbass, while another appeared to be falling from near the capital.  

Shortly after 7pm GMT on Tuesday, Russia’s defence ministry said a Russian Antonov An-26 transport plane carrying military equipment crashed in its southern Voronezh region near Ukraine, killing all crew members on board. 

Five helicopters were downed or destroyed in the Gostomel region, including this one which was forced to make an emergency landing under heavy fire as Ukrainian forces retook the air field

In the Gostomel area, five helicopters were destroyed or downed. This included the one that was forced to land under intense fire from the Ukrainian forces.

According to Russian news agencies, the defense ministry stated that an An-26 Russian aircraft crashed during a flight intended for transporting military equipment. 

“The crew was killed,” the statement claimed, but did not provide any specifics. 

Defence ministry claimed equipment failure caused the crash. It said that no damage had occurred on the ground.

A spokeswoman for the defense ministry, who confirmed that the accident occurred, but refused to give details about how many people were among those killed.

An-26 aircraft can carry six crew members or 38 military personnel. 


Today, Ukrainian forces destroyed many Russian tanks at the borders of eastern and northern Ukraine. 

Ukrainian forces resisted Kharkiv’s attempts to destroy multiple Russian armoured vehicles and tanks. Several bodies were seen lying on the streets. 

Later this morning another BMP fighting vehicle was captured, along with the crew of four Russian soldiers, in the same region in eastern Ukraine.  

At 2pm GMT (12pm GMT), the Ukrainian military announced that troops had destroyed 5 armoured transport vehicles as well as a vehicle during combat at the VistupovichRudnya border between Ukraine and Belarus. 

The Ukrainian forces used the Javelin PTRK (an American anti-tank weapon), to destroy or damage 15 more T-72 tanks. 

A BMP fighting vehicle was captured, along with four Russian soldiers, during fighting near Kharkiv, in the east of Ukraine, this morning

This morning, four Russian soldiers and a BMP fighter vehicle were taken prisoner in fighting near Kharkiv.


Officials today confirmed that Ukrainian forces have captured dozens of Russian soldiers. 

Two men, thought to be Rafik Rakhmankulov (19 years old) and Mgomd Mgomdov (26 years old), were captured during fighting in Kharkiv.  

Ukrainian forces captured four more Russian soldiers from the BMP combat vehicle crew, which was near Luhansk. After being taken by Kiev’s troops, they were seen lying down with their jackets over their heads. 

The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces later said his soldiers had captured the 74th brigade of motorcycle rifles, believed to be a reconnaissance platoon made up of 20 to 50 soldiers,  had surrendered. 

This announcement featured a photograph of a male with bandaged arms and bloody uniform that appeared to read ‘Russian Army’.

Ukrainian service members were later seen detaining troops from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic after they were captured during an attack on the town of Schast’ye this morning. 

As of mid-afternoon, estimates of deaths and injuries were nearly non-existent. However, one Ukrainian official said that the Russian death toll was around 50. 

Ukrainian forces detain servicemen of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic who were captured during the morning attack on the town of Schast'ye

Ukrainian forces take custody of Lugansk People’s Republic soldiers who were captured in the attack on Schast’ye.

Servicemen from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic were captured by the Ukrainian military this morning, hours after Russia launched an invasion of the country

The Ukrainian military captured servicemen of Luhansk People’s Republic, a self-proclaimed republic, this morning after Russia invaded the country.

Ukrainian forces detain troops from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic on Thursday morning

Ukrainian troops detain troops at the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic Thursday morning 

The commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces later said his soldiers had captured the entire 74th brigade of motorcycle rifles had surrendered. The announcement was posted with a picture of a man with a bandaged arm and bloody uniform which appeared to say 'Russian Army'

The commander in chief of the Ukrainian military armed forces stated later that the entire 74th Brigade of motorbike rifles was captured by his soldiers. An image of a wounded man and a bloody uniform was uploaded to the announcement. It said “Russian Army”.

Two Russian troops - believed to be Rafik Rakhmankulov, 19 (left) and Mgomd Mgomdov, 26, from Kizilyurt (right) - have been captured by Ukrainian forces in the country's east

Ukrainian forces have captured two Russian soldiers – thought to be Rafik Rakhmankulov (left), and Mgomd Mgomdov (right), both from Kizilyurt – in Ukraine’s eastern.

Weapons and knives seized from two Russian soldiers captured by Ukrainian units fighting around Kharkiv

Ukrainian forces fighting around Kharkiv captured weapons and knives from two Russian soldiers.

The crew of a Russian BMP fighting vehicle are seen face-down with jackets pulled over their heads

After being captured and taken to their vehicle by Ukrainian forces (pictured right), the Russian BMP fighter vehicle crew is seen with their heads down, jackets over their heads.