MOSCOW 

A Russian military helicopter was downed in Armenia on Monday, according to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.

It said the helicopter crashed into the mountainous region within Armenian borders after losing control as a rocket hit it, killing two on board.

The statement said the Mi-24 helicopter accompanying a Russian military convoy was hit by a missile near Yerask, close to the border between Armenia and Nakhchivan – an autonomous region of Azerbaijan.

Russia’s 102nd military base command said they have launched an investigation to identify those who fired the rocket.

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