Doomed raid by Russian paratroopers to take airport: Video shows elite troops in Hostomel

Russian paratroopers were filmed at Hostomel Airbase on the first day of the invasion before being wiped out by Ukrainian forces in their doomed attempt to take the site.

Footage posted online purports to show at least eight Russian soldiers exiting a helicopter at the airbase on February 24.

Plumes of dark black smoke can be seen rising from what is believed to be an air base in the background, which Russian soldiers appear to have overrun.

The soldiers, who appear to have invaded the site, then appear to attack a hangar, taking cover positions behind nearby buildings.

Meanwhile, Moscow has acknowledged that five paratroopers were killed in a “special operation” believed to be the assault on Hostomel in the early hours of the invasion, although this has not been confirmed.

It comes as the bulk of Russian ground forces were today within 15 miles of the center of Kiev, although elements of the large column dispersed in a bid to encircle the capital after hammering the suburbs northwest, notably Irpin and Bucha.

Russian armored vehicles are still slowly advancing northeast of Kiev after being pinned down for days, and a military airfield south of the town of Vasylkiv was hit by missiles, destroying the runway, a fuel depot and a ammunition store.

A thick column of black smoke was seen this morning from the eastern outskirts of Kyiv, but there are still no signs of ground forces moving towards the outskirts.

Russian paratroopers were filmed at Hostomel Airbase on the first day of the invasion before being wiped out by Ukrainian forces in their doomed attempt to take the site.

Plumes of dark black smoke can be seen rising from what is believed to be an airbase in the background, which Russian soldiers appear to have swarmed

Plumes of dark black smoke can be seen rising from what is believed to be an airbase in the background, which Russian soldiers appear to have swarmed

Footage posted online claims to show at least eight Russian soldiers exiting a helicopter at the air base on February 24

Footage posted online claims to show at least eight Russian soldiers exiting a helicopter at the air base on February 24

Moscow admitted that five paratroopers had been killed during a

Moscow has acknowledged that five paratroopers were killed in a “special operation” believed to be the assault on Hostomel in the early hours of the invasion, although this has not been confirmed.

Moscow on Saturday acknowledged the deaths of five paratroopers – joining the thousands of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s men that Kiev claims to have captured or killed.

The footage shows the airborne troops shot down in the “Special Operation” – all posthumously decorated with the Order of Courage in a decree from the Kremlin President.

The total death toll Russia has suffered remains secret, but more cases of “heroes” killed in action are coming to light, even though they represent only a fraction of the alleged total.

Four of the paratroopers were from the republic of Buryatia in Siberia, fitting a pattern that has seen many of them recognized as killed as coming from eastern Russia.

Before the war, Putin ordered “exercises” that involved tens of thousands of troops deployed on the Trans-Siberian Railway thousands of miles across Russia.

The dead – buried in a ceremony in the regional capital, Ulan-Ude – have been identified as: Captain Alexander Shokun, 40, of Chita, described as a platoon commander; Master Sergeant Alexander Mikhalev, 32, from Ulan-Ude, and described as a No. 2 commander in his unit.

Two other confirmed dead were: Sergeant Anton Voronov, 30, of Ulan-Ude, a sub-unit commander; Corporal Yevgeny Romanov, 33, from Ulan-Ude.

An official citation said the men, from the 11th Separate Guards Air Assault Brigade, had been awarded for their “gallantry and heroism”. Family members attended a joint memorial ceremony for the fallen “heroes”.

One of the dead - buried in a ceremony in the regional capital, Ulan-Ude - has been identified as: Captain Alexander Shokun, 40, from Chita, described as a platoon commander

One of the dead – buried in a ceremony in the regional capital, Ulan-Ude – has been identified as: Captain Alexander Shokun, 40, from Chita, described as a platoon commander

Among the dead was Senior Sergeant Alexander Mikhalev, 32, from Ulan-Ude, and described as a No. 2 commander in his unit

Among the dead was Senior Sergeant Alexander Mikhalev, 32, from Ulan-Ude, and described as a No. 2 commander in his unit

Among those killed at Hostomel air base was Sergeant Anton Voronov, 30, from Ulan-Ude, a sub-unit commander

Among those killed at Hostomel air base was Sergeant Anton Voronov, 30, from Ulan-Ude, a sub-unit commander

Among the dead was Corporal Yevgeny Romanov, 33, from Ulan-Ude

Among the dead was Corporal Yevgeny Romanov, 33, from Ulan-Ude

Roman Filatov, 27, from Chita in Siberia, is another soldier declared dead by Russia. He was also a paratrooper, according to a statement, serving with the 56th Landing Assault Brigade.

Others killed include Lieutenant Vitaly Glob, 21, also from Siberia. A quote from the Chita Patriotic Club stated: “Vitaly has chosen a difficult and noble path as a defender of the fatherland.

“He is a true hero, who will forever remain for all of us the example of courage and courage, of loyalty to his debt.”

He too received Putin’s Order of Courage and was buried in Sevastopol, Crimea, in an “honorary aisle” for “Heroes of the Soviet Union”.

Military doctor Dabma Mitupov, 25, a Buddhist soldier, died after being sent to military exercises in Belarus before the invasion of Ukraine. He will be buried in his native region of Transbaikal according to Buddhist traditions.

Roman Filatov, 27, from Chita in Siberia, is another soldier declared dead by Russia.  He was also a paratrooper serving with the 56th Landing Assault Brigade

Roman Filatov, 27, from Chita in Siberia, is another soldier declared dead by Russia. He was also a paratrooper serving with the 56th Landing Assault Brigade

Others killed include Lieutenant Vitaly Glob, 21, also from Siberia.  A quote from the Patriotic Club of Chita said: 'Vitaly has chosen a difficult and noble path of defender of the fatherland'

Others killed include Lieutenant Vitaly Glob, 21, also from Siberia. A quote from the Patriotic Club of Chita said: ‘Vitaly has chosen a difficult and noble path of defender of the fatherland’

Military doctor Dabma Mitupov, 25, a Buddhist soldier, died after being sent to military exercises in Belarus before the invasion of Ukraine.  He will be buried in his native region of Transbaikal according to Buddhist traditions

Military doctor Dabma Mitupov, 25, a Buddhist soldier, died after being sent to military exercises in Belarus before the invasion of Ukraine. He will be buried in his native region of Transbaikal according to Buddhist traditions