Ukrainian soldiers locate and destroy a hidden Russian T-72 tank.
The video shows what appears to be a green tent ‘camouflaging’ an unseen object. But it does a poor job of it, as the terrain around it is more brown than green, making it stand out.
The Ukrainian forces then fire what they said was a missile from a Ukrainian-made Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile system, hitting the tank, which they said was a T-72.
The missile hits its target and explodes, with the ‘camouflage’ also going up in smoke. The footage then cuts to reveal the neutralised T-72 tank that was hidden beneath the tent.
The footage was obtained from the 35th Separate Marine Brigade – also known as the 35th Separate Marine Infantry Brigade named after Rear Admiral Mykhailo Ostrogradskyi – on Monday, 1st August, along with a statement saying: “Russian soldiers disguised their T-72 tank. They hoped that no one would notice it.
“But the marines not only saw the enemy’s equipment, but also disabled it with the help of a ‘Stugna-P’ anti-tank missile.
“As a result, minus one enemy tank. And one more step towards our victory. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the marines!”
It is currently unclear where exactly in Ukraine the images were filmed, but the information and footage were also relayed by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Navy, and the Office of Strategic Communications (StratCom) of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, among others.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 160th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 2nd August, Russia had lost about 41,170 personnel, 1,768 tanks, 4,014 armoured combat vehicles, 936 artillery units, 259 multiple launch rocket systems, 117 air defence systems, 223 warplanes, 191 helicopters, 739 drones, 174 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,914 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 82 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has warned that nuclear annihilation is only one miscalculation away at the opening of a nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference in New York. He said that the world is facing “nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War”.
He added that the war in Ukraine was a significant factor and said: “Humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a letter addressed to the attendees of the NPT conference in New York on Monday that there could be “no winners” in the event of a nuclear war and that it should “never be unleashed”.
But in February, Putin warned outsiders that any attempt to interfere with his invasion of Ukraine would “lead you to such consequences that you have never encountered in your history”. He then put Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert.
US Secretary Of State Antony Blinken said Washington was “deeply concerned” that Russia is using a captured Ukrainian nuclear power plant – the largest in the country – as a military base and firing on Ukrainian forces from around it. He labelled Moscow’s actions “the height of irresponsibility”. The US has accused Russia of using the nuclear power plant as a “nuclear shield”.
The US is sending over USD 500 million in additional weaponry to Ukraine, including ammunition for rocket launchers and artillery. The Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Oleksii Reznikov, 56, said on Monday that Ukraine had received four additional HIMARS – High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems – from the US.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that his country is donating a mobile DNA laboratory to the Ukrainian authorities to help ensure that Russia’s war crimes do not go unpunished.
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