Videos released by Ukraine claim to show a Russian armored personnel carrier or infantry fighting vehicle belching smoke and fire after soldiers blasted it with a British-made missile.
Zenger News obtained footage of the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade, an airmobile formation of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces, on Tuesday.
The brigade said: “The enemy did not cross!
“Units of the 80th Separate Air Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to inflict casualties on the Russian occupiers, fighting them in the eastern direction.”
The brigade added: “Recently, as invaders attempted to cut off a strategically important highway in eastern Ukraine, paratroopers from the 80th Brigade disrupted enemy plans and prevented their advance. .”
The brigade also 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] missile launcher, set fire to a Russian BMD and, in total, about 50 men of the 104th Guards Air Assault Regiment of the 76th Guards Air Assault Division based in Pskov, which the Russian armed forces consider elite.
The brigade did not reveal where exactly in Ukraine the counterattack took place.
BMD stands for “Boyevaya Mashina Desanta”, which translates to “Airborne Fighting Vehicle”. It is a Soviet airborne amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle that entered service in 1969. It is operated by a handful of armies, including those of Ukraine and Russia. It can be dropped by parachute.
NLAW stands for “New Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon”. It is an anti-tank guided missile system developed in Sweden and mainly produced in the UK. It entered service in 2009.
The UK delivered thousands of NLAW units to Ukraine before and during the invasion.
Zenger News has contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment, but has not received a response at the time of writing.
Separately, more than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers captured in Mariupol have been transferred to Russia, according to Russian media.
Satellite imagery showed extensive damage in the key city of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting continues.
The Ukrainian army said this morning that Ukrainian positions had come under “intense fire” around Avdiivka, Novopavlivska and Zaporizhzhia.
He added that assault operations were underway around Sloviansk and that Russia had also stepped up its use of aircraft around Bakhmut.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported Thursday morning that between February 24 and June 8, Russia lost 31,500 men, 1,393 tanks, 3,429 armored fighting vehicles, 703 artillery pieces, 213 multiple rocket launchers, 96 anti-aircraft systems, 212 combat aircraft, 178 helicopters, 559 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 125 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,406 motor vehicles and tankers and 53 military units. 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 combat vehicles, 493 rocket launcher systems multiple, 1,834 field artillery and mortars, as well as 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 “special military operation.” June 9 marks the 106th day of the campaign.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.