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Ukrainian Air Force Shoots Down Russian Drone With Buk Missile System

The images were obtained from the Central Air Command of the Ukrainian Air Force, on Sunday, August 21. 

This footage reportedly shows the Ukrainian Air Force shooting down a Russian drone with a Buk missile system in south-eastern Ukraine.

The video shows the system firing its missile at the enemy drone. The missile shoots into the sky and after a few seconds, it can be seen exploding as it hits its target.

The images were obtained from the Central Air Command of the Ukrainian Air Force, on Sunday, August 21, along with a statement saying: “Military personnel of the anti-aircraft missile unit of the Air Command ‘Center’ destroyed another UAV today in the south-eastern direction.”

Zenger News contacted the Central Air Command 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”. Monday marks the 180th day of the war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 22, Russia had lost about 45,400 personnel, 1,919 tanks, 4,230 armored combat vehicles, 1,032 artillery units, 266 multiple launch rocket systems, 145 air defense systems, 234 warplanes, 198 helicopters, 815 drones, 194 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,149 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 99 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that “Russia may try to do something particularly ugly, something particularly vicious” as Ukraine prepares to celebrate 31 years of independence from the Soviet Union on Wednesday, August 24. Large gatherings have been banned in Kyiv for four days beginning Monday, August 22.

Picture shows Ukrainian Buk missile system in Ukraine in undated footage. Buk is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and its successor state, the Russian Federation, and designed to counter cruise missiles, smart bombs, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles.(@PvkCenter/Zenger).

Ukraine’s military has warned that Russian forces are positioning missile-capable warships and submarines in the Black Sea and air defense systems in Belarus.

Zaporizhzhia Regional Governor Valentyn Reznichenko has said that the city of Nikopol, which is located on the right bank of the Dnipro River not far from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – Europe’s largest – was shelled during the night of Sunday to Monday.

The U.S., the U.K., Germany and France have urged for military restraint around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to send a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the plant, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

Ukrainian officials have said that five Russian Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the Black Sea at the Odesa region. Two were shot down by Ukrainian air defenses while three of the Russian missile hit agricultural targets and caused no casualties.

Russia claimed on Sunday that the missiles had hit an ammunition depot that contained U.S.-made HIMARS rockets, but Ukraine said that the Russians had hit a granary.

Darya Dugina, 30, whose father is Russian political commentator Alexander Dugin, 60, an ultranationalist Russian ideologue and Vladimir Putin ally, was killed in a car bomb on the outskirts of Moscow on Saturday night.

Former Russian MP and lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev, who is currently in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, has claimed that the attack was carried out by Russian partisans from a group allegedly called the National Republican Army.

Ukrainian Buk fires missile on the Russian reconnaissance drone in Ukraine in undated footage. Buk is a family of self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air missile systems developed by the Soviet Union and its successor state, the Russian Federation, and designed to counter cruise missiles, smart bombs, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles.  (@PvkCenter/Zenger).

Ponomarev claimed that the National Republican Army is an underground group in Russia geared toward overthrowing Putin’s regime. Ponomarev said: “This attack opens a new page in Russian resistance to Putinism.”

We have not been able to independently verify the claims.

Russian commentators have blamed Ukraine for the attack, which Kyiv has vehemently denied.

The Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on Sunday that it believes someone planned and ordered the car explosion that killed Dugina, based on evidence collected at the scene.

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