Videos released by Ukraine allegedly show a Russian armored personnel carrier, or infantry fighting vehicle, spewing smoke and fire after soldiers blew it up with a British-made missile.
Zenger News Tuesday received the footage from the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade, an airmobile formation of Ukraine’s Air Assault Forces.
The brigade said: “The enemy did not get through!
“Units of the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to inflict casualties on the Russian occupiers and fight them in an easterly direction.”
The brigade added: “Recently, when the invaders attempted to cut through a strategically important highway in eastern Ukraine, the paratroopers of the 80th brigade disrupted the enemy’s plans and prevented their advance.”
The brigade further said: “During the battle, which lasted until 2 p.m., soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with an NLAW [Next Generation Light Anti-Armour Weapon] Rocket launchers, lit a Russian BMD and a total of about 50 men from the 104th Guards Air Assault Regiment of the 76th Guards Air Assault Division based in Pskov, who consider the Russian forces elite.
The brigade did not reveal where exactly the counterattack took place in Ukraine.
BMD stands for Boyevaya Mashina Desanta, which translates to Airborne Combat Vehicle. It is a Soviet amphibious tracked infantry airborne fighting vehicle that entered service in 1969. It is run by a handful of militaries, including both Ukraine and Russia. It can be dropped by parachute.
NLAW stands for Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon. It is an anti-tank guided missile system developed in Sweden and produced primarily in the United Kingdom. It entered service in 2009.
The UK supplied thousands of NLAW units to Ukraine before and during the invasion.
Zenger News contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had received no response at the time of writing.
In related news, more than 1,000 Ukrainian troops captured in Mariupol have been transferred to Russia, according to Russian media.
Satellite images have shown extensive damage in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, where heavy fighting is ongoing.
The Ukrainian military said this morning that Ukrainian positions around Avdiivka, Novopavlivska and Zaporizhzhia came under “intense fire”.
It added that storm operations were underway around Sloviansk and that Russia had also intensified its aircraft deployment around Bakhmut.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported Thursday morning that between February 24 and June 8, Russia had deployed 31,500 troops, 1,393 tanks, 3,429 armored fighting vehicles, 703 artillery pieces, 213 multiple missile systems, 96 anti-aircraft systems, 212 combat aircraft, 178 helicopters, 559 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles Aircraft, 125 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,406 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 53 units of special equipment.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday: “A total of 193 Ukrainian aircraft and 130 helicopters, 1,163 unmanned aerial vehicles, 336 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,471 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles, 493 multiple missile systems, 1,834 field artillery and mortars, and 3,512 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “military special operation”. June 9 marks the 106th day of the campaign.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.
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