The incident happened near Sloviansk, Ukraine. A group of pro-Russian rebels shot down the military helicopter shortely after take off, killing twelve people, with the use of an anti-aircraft system that was Russian-made.
It was confirmed that among the dead there was also an army general.
Sloviansk has been the scene of intense fighting between government forces and separatists in the past few weeks. While most of the fights happened at night, in recent days a number of incidents were reported during daytime.
The people that were on board were reported to have just finished the tour. They were going on leave. The helicopter was shut down shortly after take-off.
US officials responded to the incident by urging Russia to stop interfering in Ukraine and stop their aid of the pro-Russian rebels. In response, Russia’ Minister of Defense stated that US should use its influence in order to help solve the problems in Ukraine and help the country so that it does not destroys itself.