Just Dropping In: Ukrainian Bomb Drone Blitzes Russian Tank
Ukrainian forces have released footage of a bomber drone destroying a Russian tank in a graphic example of the firepower of unmanned air attacks.
Zenger News obtained the footage from the 59th Motorized Brigade – part of the Ukrainian Ground Forces – on April 12, with the message: “The day was not in vain…”
In the video, the drone drops three bombs on a Russian armored vehicle. The Ukrainian forces did not specify which UAV was used to destroy the enemy tank.
One seems to miss the armored vehicle, but the other two score direct hits.
The Ukrainian military also said they pushed back the enemy’s lines during clashes in east-central Dnipropetrovsk Oblast and regained control of 15 settlements.
Defending forces also launched a counter-offensive in occupied Novoaidar and Luhansk, destroying more than 50 tonnes of ammunition and 40 units of Russian equipment.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 49th day of the invasion.
From February 24 to 13th April, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at about 19,800 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 739 tanks, 1,964 armored fighting vehicles, 358 artillery systems, 115 multiple launch rocket systems, 64 anti-aircraft warfare systems, 158 aircraft, 143 helicopters, 1,429 motor vehicles, seven boats/cutters, 76 fuel tankers, 132 unmanned aerial vehicles, 25 special equipment units and four mobile SRBM systems.
US President Joe Biden has called his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, a “dictator” and has accused him of “genocide” in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has praised his American counterpart’s comments as the “true words of a true leader”.
Putin himself has said that peace talks with the enemy have reached a “dead end” and has accused Kyiv of issuing “fake” claims of war crimes.
The presidents of Poland, Latvia and Estonia are en route to the Ukrainian capital to meet Zelenskyy.
However, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been told he is “not wanted” due to recent “close ties” to Russia.
The mayor of Mariupol has said that around 21,000 civilians have been killed and 100,000 are still awaiting evacuation from the besieged port city, in south-eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine and Russia are now concentrating their forces in the Donbas region, in eastern Ukraine, after Moscow withdrew troops from north of Kyiv.