A brutal clip showing paratroopers’ greatest hits on Russian targets has emerged from the bitter war in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian paratroopers carried out the attacks near the city of Mykolaiv in the southern region of Mykolaiv Oblast.
The Command of the Assault Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on 10th May: “Enjoy this video of soldiers of the 79th Air Assault Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroying the Russian occupiers and defending their homeland.
“Together to victory! DShV [Ukrainian Air Assault Forces] – Always First! Glory to Ukraine!”
The footage shows Russian armour disaappearing in explosions and flames while artillery and bombs rain down on military positions.
Most of the targets are left as nothing but smouldering wrecks.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass”. Today marks the 76th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 10th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 26,000 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,170 tanks, 2,808 armoured fighting vehicles, 519 artillery systems, 185 multiple launch rocket systems, 87 anti-aircraft systems, 199 warplanes, 158 helicopters, 1,980 motor vehicles, 10 fuel tankers, 12 vessels, 380 unmanned aerial vehicles, 41 units of special equipment and 94 cruise missiles.
This week, Vladimir Putin addressed a huge military parade on Red Square in Moscow to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Soviet Union in World War II.
The Russian President used his speech to claim that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine were “defending the motherland”. He also said that the “special military operation” in Ukraine was necessary and was provoked by the West.
Meanwhile, the south-western Ukrainian port city of Odessa has been rocked by Russian missile strikes, which hit a shopping centre and a depot, reportedly killing one and injuring five.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned that the Russian blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports threatens global food supplies.