Fresh drone footage from the war in Ukraine shows bombs being dropped onto Russian tanks and turning them into scrap metal.
Newsflash obtained the video from Aerorozvidka – a unit of the Ukrainian Ground Forces specialising in aerial reconnaissance and drone warfare – on Saturday, 7th May.
Aerorozvidka said (in English): “Seek and strike.
“We are still turning tanks into cans!”
Aerorozvidka began as a group of volunteer drone and IT enthusiasts and has been dubbed a “war startup”. It still presents itself as a non-governmental organisation.
During the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, the unit has been targeting Russian forces at night, while they are immobile.
Early in the invasion, Aerorozvidka helped to stall a convoy of armoured vehicles headed towards the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
During a nighttime ambush, the unit’s drones dropped small explosives on the vehicles, which, along with mines, caused a pileup.
The unit also helped to repel the initial attempt by Russian forces to seize the airport near Kyiv.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is now calling a “special military operation” to “protect Donbass”. Today marks the 75th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 9th May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 25,650 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,145 tanks, 2,764 armoured fighting vehicles, 513 artillery systems, 185 multiple launch rocket systems, 87 anti-aircraft systems, 199 warplanes, 158 helicopters, 1,970 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 12 vessels, 377 tactical unmanned aerial vehicles, 41 units of special equipment and 94 cruise missiles.
The update comes as Vladimir Putin addresses a huge military parade in Red Square in Moscow on Victory Day.
The annual event commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Soviet Union in World War II.
The Russian President used his speech to claim Russian troops in eastern Ukraine were “defending the motherland”.
He also said the “special military operation” in Ukraine was necessary and was provoked by the West.
However, he did not make any major announcement concerning the invasion, as many had speculated.
Some 65,000 personnel, 2,400 items of military hardware and over 400 aircraft are taking part in today’s parades, which are taking place across 28 Russian cities.
But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said yesterday in his own Victory Day speech that Russia was repeating Nazi atrocities.
He also denounced heavy shelling carried out by Russia in eastern Ukraine and said a strike on a school building turned shelter in Luhansk Oblast killed 60.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Putin to end the invasion of Ukraine immediately.