"We have obtained a photo of a troop-carrying helicopter Mil Mi-8 AMTSh (a new modification of the Russian Mil Mi-8) located in the Rostov region, which helicopter has its hull number and identification sign, a star, erased (though painters have done the work carelessly and it's visible). It's not quite clear what's the point of erasing the identification signs, unless the helicopters are used for support of the Russian troops redeployed to Donbas," the blogger says.
"The first two photos are of the helicopter from Myasnikovsky area in the Rostov region, the third one shows the geolocation place, the fourth is a thematic one - it presents a standard Mi-8 AMTSh with an identification mark and a hull number, as it should be. A person posing in front of the vehicle should not be ignored - he is dressed in Russian Flora uniform of the old model, which is used by "the terrorists" (for me they are Russian soldiers and reservists of secret services) in Donbas," the author of the investigation notes.
In fact, just a week ago, approximately in the same area of the Rostov region, a pair of combat helicopters Ka-52 with red hull numbers "55" and "53" was detected. They were identified as vehicles belonging to Air Base #393 of Army Aviation located in Korenovsk, the Krasnodar region, Russia (follow the link for more details). In the backgrounds of the same photo, a Mi-8, presumably from the same effectives, stands out.
See "Identification of Russian invasion forces, units, and their losses on the territory of Ukraine" dated Sept. 19, 2014.
"The information is based on my observations through media, social networks and other sources. The record does not reflect the full picture, thus, I do not claim 100% accuracy, and any reasoned corrections and comments are welcomed," the author wrote.