Russian military chiefs have told how their troops destroyed a Ukrainian ammunition store with a single rocket strike.
A video clip obtained by Newsflash from the Russian Ministry of Defence is said to show a missile hitting the military facility, causing it to explode in a huge fireball.
A second video shows Russian troops firing artillery at unseen targets.
Newsflash obtained the footage from the Russian MoD earlier today (Tuesday, 26th April).
MoD chief spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said: “Operational-tactical and army aviation hit 87 military facilities of Ukraine.
“Among them are 79 areas of concentration of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment.
“About 500 enemy personnel, 59 armoured vehicles, artillery pieces and vehicles were destroyed, as well as more than 60 militants of the Donbass nationalist formation in the area of the Rubtsy settlement of the Donetsk People’s Republic.”
It is not clear where the first video was filmed. However, the Russian MoD claimed four military facilities were hit in a latest round of missile strikes, two housing personnel and military equipment and the other two holding ammunition.
The Russian MoD said the facilities were located in the districts of Kurulka and Novaya Dmitrovka, in Ukraine’s eastern Kharkiv region.
The Russian MoD claims Ukraine has lost 2,576 tanks and armoured vehicles, 1,111 artillery systems, 287 multiple launch rocket systems, 269 anti-aircraft systems, 141 warplanes, 110 helicopters, 2,392 military vehicles and 583 drones over the course of the invasion so far.
Meanwhile, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) says Russia has lost 918 tanks, 2,308 armoured vehicles, 416 artillery systems, 149 multiple launch rocket systems, 69 anti-aircraft systems, 184 warplanes, 154 helicopters, 1,643 military vehicles, eight vessels, 76 fuel tankers, 205 drones and four mobile short-range ballistic missile systems.
Neither side’s claims can be independently confirmed.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. The invasion is now in its 62nd day.
Officials in Moscow initially said the goal of the “operation” was to “demilitarise and denazify” Ukraine, but now they say it is to “protect Donbass”.
Donbass is the transliterated Russian spelling of Donbas, the eastern Ukrainian region where the Kremlin is now focusing its efforts after it withdrew its forces from north of Kyiv, in the north-central part of the country.
The Donbas region is home to a large number of Russian speakers, against whom Russian President Vladimir Putin has long claimed Kyiv has been carrying out a “genocide”.
US officials have repeatedly dismissed such claims as propaganda.