Russia releases video purporting to show Iskander missile system in action

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Russian military officials have released a video they say shows the Iskander missile system in action.

The images were obtained Tuesday evening from the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD), along with a short statement claiming that they show “the combat work of the crews of an operational and tactical Iskander missile system”.

The footage shows a missile launched from the vehicle before the footage was cut and allegedly shows it hitting a target.

The Iskander is a short-range mobile ballistic missile system built and used by the Russian military.

Russian military officials released a video on Tuesday which they say shows the Iskander missile system in action. A Ministry of Defense statement said the images show “the combat work of the crews of an operational and tactical Iskander missile system”.
Ministry of Defense of Russia/Zenger

Zenger News has contacted the Russian Defense Ministry for further comment, as well as the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, but had not received a response at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin still calls a “special military operation.” Wednesday marks the 133rd day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and July 6, Russia lost about 36,500 men, 1,600 tanks, 3,789 armored fighting vehicles, 812 artillery units, 247 multiple rocket launcher systems, 107 air defense systems, 217 warplanes. , 187 helicopters, 664 drones, 153 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,648 motor vehicles and tankers and 65 special equipment units.

Other developments in the Russian-Ukrainian war:

Russian forces hit targets in eastern Donetsk region of Ukraine, with the local governor urging 350,000 civilians to evacuate.

Heavy shelling was reported in the city of Sloviansk, Donetsk region, leaving at least two people dead and seven injured.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pushing his advantage after his forces capture the Ukrainian town of Lysychansk in the eastern Lugansk region, ordering Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to continue the offensive.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukrainian forces would retake the city “thanks to the increased supply of modern weapons”.

Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Haidai said Ukrainian troops moved to new fortified positions. He pleaded for more weapons from Ukraine’s allies to help combat Russia’s current advantage.

Haidai also said the Battle of Lysychansk forced Russia to commit troops that could have fought on other fronts, giving Ukraine time to strengthen the Donetsk region. Ukrainian troops have set up new defensive lines in the region, where they control the main towns, with plans to launch a counter-offensive in the south of the country.

Zelensky is negotiating with Turkey and the UN to obtain guarantees for his country’s grain exports. The move comes after Turkish authorities stopped a Russian cargo ship carrying grain that was allegedly stolen from Ukraine. The ship would contain more than 7,000 tonnes of grain which Russian officials said would be sent to “friendly” countries.

Ukraine has also asked Turkey to investigate three other Russian vessels it says carried stolen grain.

The head of the Russian-backed administration in the occupied Ukrainian region of Zaporizhzhia, Yevgeny Balitsky, announced his intention to sell Ukrainian grain to Middle Eastern countries.

Canada became the first NATO country to formally ratify Sweden and Finland’s membership in the Alliance, as its 30 member nations sent the Nordic countries’ membership applications to their parliaments for approval.

Finland and Sweden concluded membership talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Monday. NATO said: “Both countries have formally confirmed their willingness and ability to meet the political, legal and military obligations and commitments of NATO membership.”

NATO has named US Army General Christopher G. Cavoli as the new Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He speaks Russian and has a master’s degree from Yale in Russian studies.

Latvia has said it is reinstating compulsory military service amid growing tensions with Russia over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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