The chupacabra is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas and was reportedly first seen in Puerto Rico.
It has since been allegedly sighted in countries around the world including Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
Villagers in Rukshin said they had been terrorised by the mysterious vampire beast for months.
It had reportedly managed to get into cages containing chickens and rabbits and had sucked all the blood from their bodies.
“It had been scaring local people for a long time”
The local man who killed the animal, named only as Ivan, said he found and killed the creature in his barn.
He said: “The chupacabra was hunting and I killed it. It had been scaring local people for a long time. It was eating our chickens and rabbits.”
Veterinarians have been studying the animal’s dead body but have so far failed to positively identify it.
Valeriy Dopiryak, the head of the Regional State Laboratory of Veterinary Medicine, said: “This animal resembles an African fox, but its teeth, neck, ears and paws are too long. We can’t say what it is.”
Another local man, Viktor, claims there was not one chupacabra, but two.
He said the other one resembled a kangaroo, with a longer body and shorter front paws, and had run away.
Villagers say they have been too frightened to leave their homes in case the chupacabras kill their livestock.
The animals are thought to be capable of jumping over 6 foot fences and are said to have killed their chickens and rabbits by sucking the blood from their bodies.
‘Chupacabra’ means ‘goat sucker’ and comes from the animal’s reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock.