Mercenery troops who claim to have entered Russia say they have shot down a helicopter.
Images shared on social media show what appears to be a red chopper gunned down in Russia’s Rostov region. It comes after the Wagner Group claimed it had entered Russia from eastern Ukraine.
On Telegram, group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin claims the helicopter had “opened fire on a civilian convoy”. He gave no further details on the alleged attack from the chopper.
Videos on social media show Russian forces and Wagner troops reportedly clashing in the Rostov area. The local regional governor has issued a plea to families in the area to remain indoors.
Writing on Telegram Vasily Golubev said: “The current situation requires the maximum concentration of all forces to maintain order.
“Law enforcement agencies are doing everything necessary to ensure the safety of residents of the area.
“I ask everyone to stay calm and do not leave the house without the need.”
Russian military vehicles were deployed in the city of Rostov-on-Don, about 100km to the east of the border with Ukraine after Wagner claimed to have crossed over.