Javelin Strike: Ukrainian Troops Claim To Blast Russian Target With UK Made Missiles
This is the moment Ukrainian soldiers reportedly fire British-made Javelin missiles at a Russian target and appear to blow it sky-high.
Zenger News obtained the footage from the Ukrainian Ground Forces on the morning of 4th April.
The Ukrainian military said the attack was carried out by members of the 5th Reserve Battalion of the 28th Regiment, known as the ‘Knights of the Winter Campaign’, using British-made Javelin surface-to-air-missiles.
The defending army shared the video with a message to their countrymen saying: “Good morning Ukraine! During the night, the 5th Reserve Battalion of the 28th Regiment, named after the Knights of the Winter Campaign, did a glorious job.”
The military added: “That’s how the Javelin hits. Glory to Ukraine!”
In the footage, apparently filmed in the early hours of this morning, a glowing Javelin missile is seen speeding through the air at a low altitude before seemingly hitting the target, sparking a huge explosion.
The Ukrainian Ground Forces did not say where the strike took place.
The footage comes just over a week after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “helping more” than other leaders in the resistance against Russia.
Mr Zelenskyy said France was more hesitant about sending weapons because it is “afraid of Russia” and that Germany “was making a mistake” in its attempt at a more balanced approach, due to its deeper economic ties with the world’s largest country.
Today (Monday, April 4) marks the 40th day since Russian troops invaded Ukraine.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine says that the total combat losses of the Russian military in that time stand at about 18,300 personnel.
They added that Russia has also lost “647 tanks, 1,844 armored fighting vehicles, 330 artillery systems, 107 multiple launch rocket systems, 54 anti-aircraft warfare systems, 147 aircrafts, 134 helicopters, 1,273 motor vehicles, seven boats/cutters, 76 fuel tanks, 92 unmanned aerial vehicles, 25 special equipment units and four mobile SRBM systems”.
News of the Russian Armed Forces’ alleged losses come as shocking images of corpses of Ukrainian civilians in the city of Bucha, in Kyiv Oblast (province), have emerged, leading to widespread condemnation of Russia.
French President Emmanuel Macron says there are clear indications that Russian forces have committed war crimes, while Boris Johnson has accused Russia of “despicable attacks”.
The Kremlin has denied the allegations and is claiming the footage has been faked.