British Intelligence Gathers Data From Destroyed Russian Mi-35 Hind helicopter

Ukrainian emergency service recovered from the bottom of the Kyiv Reservoir the wreckage of a Russian Mi-24/35 Hind attack helicopter that was shot down during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

British intelligence, so used to operating in the shadows, has been thrust into the spotlight during the Ukraine crisis, cited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement by Downing Street.

Sir Jeremy Fleming, the director of the GCHQ says Vladimir Putin “underestimated the strength of the coalition his actions would galvanise”.(Reuters: Hannah McKay)

Behind the scenes, the effort has been matched by a string of off-the-record collaborations between British intelligence with the Ukrainian counterpart from which information has emerged, supported by quotes sourced to officials. It marks an unusually determined and focused effort to seize control of the Ukraine story from the Kremlin, traditionally considered an expert in what is sometimes described as information warfare.

“It’s a very different approach from the past, when intelligence and information was more closely guarded,” said Prof Malcolm Chalmers of the Rusi think tank. “What Britain and the west have learned from the last Ukraine crisis in 2014 is that if you don’t actively use your intelligence to shape the narrative, then you will lose ground to Russia.”

The wreckage of the Russian attack helicopter that was shot down by Ukrainian Soldiers in February has been found in the Kyiv reservoir just north of the Ukrainian capital.

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said on Thursday that the emergency service used a naval boat to tow the Russian attack helicopter, which they lifted on buoys from the bottom of the reservoir.

Ukrainian journalist Illia Ponomarenko shared footage showing the wreckage of a Mil Mi−24/35 Hind helicopter gunship lifted from Kyiv reservoir.

“One of those many shot down during the Battle of Kyiv,” Ponomarenko added.

The battle of Kyiv was part of the Kyiv offensive in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine for control of Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, and surrounding districts. The battle lasted from 24 February 2022 to 2 April 2022 and ended with the defeat and withdrawal of Russian forces.

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