Ukrainian defense chiefs have shown off a devastating attack on Russian armor using the country’s home-grown Stugna-P guided missile system.
The attack – filmed “somewhere” in the south of Ukraine – came as the Russian invasion enters its 64th day.
The Ukrainian military said they used a Stugna-P anti-tank missile system to destroy one tank and an armoured infantry vehicle.
The 1st Independent Special Service Brigade named after Ivan Bohun said on 27th April: “Once again, Russian equipment has been destroyed. The work of the first battalion of the Special Service Brigade, Ivan Bohun.
“Somewhere in the south of Ukraine, an enemy tank and infantry fighting vehicle were eliminated.
“The Stugna anti-tank missile system, which was provided to our brigade by the Luch Design Bureau, continues to destroy the occupiers’ equipment at the skillful hands of the guys from the first battalion.”
In the footage, a Ukrainian soldier is heard exclaiming “yes” as he pinpoints a target on the screen that explodes seconds later.
He then apparently selects a second target that is also destroyed by a Ukrainian missile.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin called a “special military operation”. Today marks the 64th day of the invasion.
From 24th February to 27th April, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at 22,400 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 939 battle tanks, 2,342 combat armoured vehicles, 421 artillery systems, 149 MLR systems, 71 anti-aircraft systems, 185 warplanes, 155 helicopters, 1,666 vehicles, 8 vessels, 76 fuel tank trucks, 207 operational-tactical level UAVs, 31 units of special equipment, and four mobile SRBM systems.
The talks involving US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in Kyiv on Sunday mark the highest-level visit by US officials since the Russian invasion began. Officials said Washington has pledged over USD 700 million (GBP 549 million) in additional military aid to Kyiv.
Meanwhile, President Putin has reportedly agreed “in principle” to the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol by representatives of the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red Cross. The Russian leader made the concession to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a meeting in Moscow.