Ukrainian paratroopers allegedly blew up a Russian armored personnel carrier with a Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile.
Footage released by the Ukrainian military shows a missile streaking towards its target before hitting it, causing a large explosion and a plume of smoke.
The footage was obtained from the command of the Airborne Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Friday, along with a statement that the successful operation was carried out by the 80th Separate Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which is in garrison in the city of Lviv, western Ukraine, in peacetime.
The command of the Airborne Assault Troops also said: “Lviv paratroopers continue to successfully destroy Russian armored vehicles with their crews.
“The video shows the effective use of the modern Ukrainian Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile system against enemy armored vehicles.”
The Stugna-P is a Ukrainian-made anti-tank guided missile system that was developed in the 2010s. It was even used in at least one instance to shoot down a Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter.
The Command of the Airborne Assault Troops added: “It should be noted that these days the Lviv paratroopers, as well as other units of the Armed Forces and other components of the Defense Forces of Ukraine, knocked out nine Russian tanks, seven units of other armored vehicles (APC and BMP), one truck and destroyed about 70 occupants.”
“APC” stands for armored personnel carrier, while BMPs are infantry fighting vehicles that were first used by the Soviet Union in the 1960s.
The command of the Airborne Assault Troops also stated: “We continue to carry out combat missions and destroy the enemies of Ukraine! Death to the Russian invaders! Airborne Assault Troops – Always the first! Glory to the Ukrainian!”
It is not known exactly where in Ukraine the footage was filmed. They were also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Zenger News has contacted the Airborne Assault Troops Command for further comment, as well as the Russian Defense Ministry, but had not received a response at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” Saturday marks the 143rd day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 15, Russia lost about 38,000 men, 1,672 tanks, 3,866 armored fighting vehicles, 842 artillery units, 247 multiple rocket launcher systems, 109 air defense systems, 220 warplanes. , 188 helicopters, 681 drones, 155 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,731 motor vehicles and tankers and 67 special equipment units.
Other developments in the Russian-Ukrainian war:
At least 23 people, including three children, were killed and up to 117 others injured after Russian missiles hit downtown Vinnytsia in central-western Ukraine, far from the front lines . Ukraine’s National Emergency Service (SES) said it was looking for 39 people currently missing and 34 others in serious condition.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the attack “an open act of terrorism”.
The United States, along with more than 40 other countries, has agreed to coordinate its investigations into alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine. Forty-five countries, including countries of the European Union, as well as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Australia signed a declaration at a conference in The Hague on Thursday, accepting to work together.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Russia’s war in Ukraine is the biggest threat to the global economy. She added that representatives of the Russian regime “have no place” at the G20 meeting in Indonesia.
Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, said Kyiv was “certainly a step closer” to being able to export grain through its Black Sea ports after talks with Russia, Turkey and the United Nations .
The American Institute for the Study of War said that Russia had begun “volunteer mobilizations” to remedy the shortage of soldiers, saying that Moscow had “probably ordered Russian ‘federal subjects’ (regions) to train volunteer battalions to participate in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, instead of declaring partial or total mobilization in Russia.”
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.