This is the moment a Ukrainian serviceman films the wreckage of a Russian tank in a car park crater and praises his country’s anti-tank missile systems for keeping the enemy at bay.
The Ukrainian military said FGM-148 Javelin and Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon systems are proving effective against Russian armoured vehicles.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on the morning of 6th April: “What Javelin and NLAW do to Russian tanks…”
The footage seems to show the entire turret blown from a Russian tank and partially buried in the tarmac.
The FGM-148 Javelin is a portable anti-tank missile system manufactured by US companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.
Successfully used in the Iraq War, the system first arrived in Ukraine in 2018 and has become a symbol of national resistance since Russian launched its invasion of Ukraine on 24th February.
The Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon (NLAW) is a British-Swedish portable anti-tank guided missile system.
The weapon was developed by SAAB in Sweden and has a range of up to 800 metres. In January 2022, the United Kingdom provided more than 1,000 NLAW portable anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not reveal where the footage was filmed.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation” to “demilitarise and denazify” the country.
Today marks the 42nd day of the invasion. From 24th February to 6th April, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at about 18,600 personnel.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Russia has also lost 684 tanks, 1,861 armoured vehicles, 332 artillery systems, 107 multiple launch rocket systems, 55 air defence systems, 150 aircraft, 135 helicopters, 1,324 vehicles, seven ships/boats, 76 fuel tankers, 94 UAVs, 25 pieces of special equipment, and four mobile SRBM systems.
Thousands of people are reported to be fleeing eastern Ukraine as Russia shifts the focus of its attacks to the Donbas region.
After Russian troops withdrew from the north of the country, evidence of alleged war crimes, including the execution of civilians, has emerged from the town of Bucha, which is located close to the capital, Kyiv.
The disturbing footage and accounts from Bucha led Pope Francis to condemn the “massacre” and kiss a Ukrainian flag from the town during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI Hall, in the Vatican, this morning.