This footage shows the notorious Azov fighters in Mariupol expertly taking out two Russian armoured vehicles using a mortar and without damaging any of the nearby buildings.
Newsflash obtained the footage from the Azov Regiment this afternoon (Friday, 25th March), with the notorious Ukrainian soldiers saying: “This morning, the mortar calculation of the Azov Regiment destroyed 2 BMDs of the Russian occupiers by sniper fire.
“It should be noted that despite the fact that the Russians are hiding among the houses, the fighters of the Azov Regiment are deliberately destroying the enemy without destroying the civilian infrastructure.”
A ‘BMD’ is understood to refer to a Russian armoured fighting vehicle not dissimilar to a tank.
Newsflash also obtained other images from the Azov Regiment yesterday (Thursday) in which the soldiers also said that unlike the Russians, they were skilled at taking out their enemies without destroying entire cities.
Yesterday’s images also appeared to have been shot from the sky and were focused on what appear to be Russian positions in bombed-out Mariupol, in south-eastern Ukraine, with them saying they had managed to take out multiple Russian forces with just one, well-aimed mortar shot.
They said: “Mortars of the Azov Regiment continue to destroy enemies. Defenders of Mariupol shot one armoured fighting vehicle and three trucks of the occupiers with a mortar shot.”
It added: “Unlike the Russians, who are destroying cities to the ground, our mortars are aiming without destroying housing infrastructure.
The Azov Regiment, also known as the Azov Battalion, is a notorious group of soldiers who were officially incorporated into the National Guard of Ukraine in 2014, after recapturing Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists in June that year.
The Azov Regiment began as a far-right, neo-Nazi group that started out as an urban militia and a political party. It has since expanded and, through service to Ukraine, has been incorporated into the Armed Forces. Azov, on a national level, failed in past elections to win any seats in the Ukrainian parliament via its political branch.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have capitalised on the presence of this group in eastern Ukraine to announce his so-called “special military operation” to “de-Nazify Ukraine”, apparently painting the whole country with the same brush as this regiment, despite Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy being Jewish and the descendant of a man who lost his three siblings to the Nazis.
After attending multiple summits in Brussels yesterday (Thursday), US President Joe Biden, who is now heading to NATO member Poland, which is welcoming the bulk of the refugees fleeing Mr Putin’s war across the border in Ukraine, announced a further USD 1 billion in humanitarian aid, to help displaced people in Ukraine and Poland with the influx of refugees.
Mr Zelenskyy has again pleaded for further assistance, asking for planes, tanks, rockets, and other weaponry. He told NATO that Ukraine is fighting for “our common values” and that the most powerful military alliance in the world could prevent further deaths.