Air Assault Troops In Southern Ukraine Take Out Russian Infantry Fighting Vehicle With Guided Missile
This footage shows air assault troops taking out a Russian armored personnel carrier with a guided missile in southern Ukraine.
The video shows the point of view through the weapon’s targeting system, with the Ukrainian soldiers then firing the missile at a Russian BMP fighting vehicle.
After a few seconds, the missile can be seen hitting its target and exploding as the soldiers say “Yes!”
The footage was obtained from the Command of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces on Thursday, August 11 along with a statement saying: “The ‘Scythian’ knows no pity for the Russian occupiers.”
The Scythians were a nomadic warrior people that lived primarily in a region then known as Scythia, in today’s Ukraine and southern Russia, between approximately 900 B.C. and 200 B.C. They extended their power all over Central Asia, with their influence at times stretching from China to the Black Sea.
The Command of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces added: “The BMP of the Russian occupiers was destroyed in the southern direction by soldiers of a battery of anti-tank guided missiles of one of the brigades of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“The calculation of the portable anti-tank missile complex ‘Skif’ controlled the road between populated areas in the Kherson region and could not miss such an opportunity when enemy equipment appeared on the monitor.”
The ‘Skif’ is also known as the Stugna-P and is an anti-tank guided missile system made in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian statement added: “The prey was hunted from a distance of more than four kilometers [2.5 miles]. This is our land, and the enemies have nothing to do on it except to ‘properly’ return home. Death to the Russian invaders! Glory to DSHV [the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces]! Glory to Ukraine!”
Zenger News contacted the Command of the Ukrainian Air Assault Forces for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Thursday marks the 169th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 11, Russia had lost about 43,000 personnel, 1,846 tanks, 4,100 armored combat vehicles, 974 artillery units, 261 multiple launch rocket systems, 134 air defense systems, 232 warplanes, 193 helicopters, 772 drones, 185 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,018 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 90 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures. The Pentagon said this week that Russia had suffered between 70,000 and 80,000 casualties – deaths and injuries – since the beginning of its invasion.
Ukraine has accused Russia of firing rockets from near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – Europe’s largest – in a move that has killed at least 13 people and wounded 10, knowing that it would be difficult for Ukraine to fire back.
Ukraine says that the Kremlin targeted Marhanets, which is a town in the neighboring Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, on the other side of the Dnieper River from the nuclear power plant, that Russia has claimed that Ukraine has previously used to shell Russian soldiers at the plant.
Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Kyiv will not leave Russian shelling of the Dnipropetrovsk region unanswered and vowed to inflict significant damage on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces to end the war.
Ukraine’s Air Force has estimated that up to a dozen Russian aircraft were destroyed at the Saky airbase in Crimea on Tuesday. Ukraine has not publicly claimed responsibility. Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
President Zelensky has vowed to liberate Crimea and said: “This Russian war against Ukraine and against the entire free Europe began with Crimea and must end with Crimea – with its liberation.”
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said the Saky airbase is a “legitimate target” for Ukraine. He said: “First and foremost, Russia has illegally invaded, not just in 2014, but now Ukrainian territory.” He added: “Ukraine, under UN articles, is perfectly entitled to defend its territory and take what action it needs to against an invading force.”
The EU has been urged to put a travel ban on Russian tourists. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right” and that it was time to “end tourism from Russia now”.
Estonia, a member of NATO since 2004, has summoned the Russian ambassador to its country and formally protested after a Russian helicopter violated its airspace on Tuesday.