Ukrainian Special Forces Blow Up Russian Tanks With Rocket Launchers In Donetsk
This footage reportedly shows Ukrainian special forces blowing up at least two Russian tanks with rocket launchers in the breakaway, pro-Russian Donetsk region of Ukraine.
The video begins with a rocket firing a missile, while the camera then pans around to the person controlling the rocket launcher via a computer. The computer screen then shows the missile hitting the Russian tank.
The footage then shows the elite soldiers doing the same thing again with a different tank. Shouts of joy can be heard as the footage ends as the soldiers celebrate successfully destroying the enemy vehicle.
The footage was obtained from the National Guard of Ukraine on Thursday, August 18, along with a statement saying: “Fighters of a special unit of the National Guard destroyed two tanks in the Donetsk direction.
“While performing the task at the occupied position, the guards discovered a column of equipment consisting of several units of tanks, which was moving towards one of the settlements.
“As a result of quick and accurate work, the fighters managed to knock out two tanks. After that, the guards passed the information to the adjacent units for further destruction of the remaining manpower and equipment of the occupiers.”
The images and statement were also relayed by the Office of Strategic Communications of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Zenger News contacted the National Guard of Ukraine for further comment, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.
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