‘Thank you Britain!’ Ukrainian troops celebrate as they shoot down Russian drone with a UK-made missile – and flip the bird at the wreckage as it tumbles from the sky

Ukrainian troops cheered and celebrated after they shot down a Russian drone with a British-made missile.

Video shows a Ukrainian soldier firing the laser-guided missile that travels at more than three times the speed of sound at the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Ukraine.

The UK-made Starstreak missile took down the Russian Orion drone in Ukraine, prompting cheers from the Ukrainian troops. 

One soldier could be seen swearing at the wreckage with his middle finger as it tumbled from the sky.

Ukrainian soldier Yuriy Kochevenko, who posted the footage online, thanked Britain for supplying the missile system, adding that Kyiv uses the ‘support of allies effectively’.

Britain is supplying and training Ukrainian troops in the use of the high-velocity anti-air missiles as well as providing body armour, helmets and combat boots. 

Video shows the Ukrainian soldiers, believed to be from the 95th Air Assault Brigade, downing the drone on April 9, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said.

They can be heard jubilantly celebrating as they watched the drone tumble from the sky, with one shouting: ‘There’s contact, we destroyed the sh**.’  


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