VIDEO: Sniper Trap: Ukrainian Soldiers Blow Up Russian Flag On Watchtower
This is the moment defending soldiers blow up a Russian flag displayed on a Ukrainian watchtower.
The precision strike was filmed in the north-eastern Ukrainian region of Sumy Oblast, bordering Russia.
Ukrainian border officials said Russian troops displayed their national flag on the observation tower during the night.
They came across the displayed flag while carrying out a patrol in the area, located just a few meters from the border with Russia.
The Russian military had set up a team of snipers around the tower to shoot anyone who tried to remove the flag, however, Ukrainian border guards turned the tables on the enemy and sent in a quadcopter to sneak in and drop a bomb.
The footage shows a missile exploding on the tower, apparently destroying only the flag while causing minimal damage to the rest of the structure.
The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine said in a statement on 3rd May: “Border guards destroyed the Russian tricolor, which the occupiers hung on a Ukrainian observation tower.
“While monitoring the state border in the area of a settlement in the Sumy region, border guards found a Russian tricolor on the Ukrainian metal observation tower.
“The racists hung it under cover of night. The tower is located a few meters from the Ukrainian-Russian border.
“In order to prevent the Ukrainian border guards from removing the flag, sniper positions were set up in the area. However, border guards managed to conduct a successful operation. Thanks to our skill, defenders were able to approach the tower unnoticed with a quadcopter and drop explosives on it. The Russian tricolor was destroyed.”
The border service added: “Glory to Ukraine!”
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin called a “special military operation”. Today marks the 70th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 4th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 24,500 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,077 battle tanks, 2,610 combat armored vehicles, 491 artillery systems, 163 MLR systems, 81 anti-aircraft systems, 194 warplanes, 155 helicopters, 1,867 vehicles, 10 vessels, 76 fuel tank trucks, 303 operational-tactical level UAVs, 38 units of special equipment, and 87 cruise missiles have been shot down.