VIDEO: War In Ukraine: Russian Troops Destroy Ukrainian Air Targets With Mighty Tor System
This is the moment Russian troops use the mighty Tor missile system to blitz a Ukrainian target.
The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) used the missile system to blast enemy air targets as the invasion enters its 84th day.
The Tor-M2 air defense system can destroy planes, helicopters, drones and short-range ballistic threats.
The footage shows the Russian Tor crew destroying two Ukrainian attack helicopters.
The Russian MoD claimed the Tor system has destroyed over 90 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including 10 Bayraktar-TB2s.
According to the Russian military, the system is also used to protect ground troops on the march and provide cover for Russian convoys delivering humanitarian aid and evacuating refugees.
Tor crews carry out round-the-clock combat missions to cover units of the Russian Armed Forces and the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic from enemy air attacks.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. May 18 marks the 84th day of the campaign.
From February 24 to May 17, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 27,900 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,235 tanks, 3,009 armored fighting vehicles, 578 artillery systems, 198 multiple launch rocket systems, 90 anti-aircraft systems, 201 warplanes, 167 helicopters, 2,109 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 436 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment and 97 cruise missiles.
The Ukrainian military added that the Russian Armed Forces’ greatest losses on Monday were sustained in the Lyman and Zaporizhzhia directions.
Elsewhere, around 260 Ukrainian soldiers left the Azovstal metallurgical plant and were taken to Russian-controlled territory earlier this week. It is believed they will be exchanged for Russian prisoners of war.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that he may block Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join NATO after he accused the Nordic nations of harboring Kurdish militants whom he regards as “terrorists”.