"The military professionalism of the pro-Russian agitators, which has seen them shoot down several Ukrainian helicopters with shoulder-launched missiles, also suggests these fighters are no amateurs, and in all probability are members of Russia's elite Spetsnaz special forces."Firstly, 'shoulder launched missiles' sounds as though they were using some sort of infra-red guided homing surface to air missile such as the US 'stinger' ($250k each) or the Russian 9K38 ($75k each). In fact, all the helos destroyed were stationary or very slow moving and close to the ground, operating in wooded or built-up areas - making it far more likely they were destroyed using the RPG7, a standard eastern-bloc infantry weapon produced cheaply in the hundreds of thousands for a couple of hundred dollars each that can be fired by untrained guerillas the world over with a few minutes instruction - a weapon any Ukrainian who had done their military service would be familiar with. An average squaddie can expect to hit a 5m x 2.5m moving target at 180m range first shot 50% of the time - rising to 96% probability at 100m range.
So, the weapon was almost certainly a tube-launched grenade powered by gunpowder propellant rather than a missile, fired by an amateur fighter or one who has received a very basic military training rather than a professional, and in all probability was fired by a Ukranian militiaman not a Spetsnaz expert.
Perhaps if the editor got Con to file his stories before lunch the quality might improve.