Ukraines 25th Airborne Brigade Destroys Russian Armoured Vehicle

This footage reportedly shows a Russian armoured vehicle being destroyed by Ukrainian forces from the 24th Airborne Brigade.

The footage, filmed from above, appears to show a military vehicle on the ground. It is suddenly hit by a missile, with a huge plume of smoke rising into the air. A shockwave can be seen forming around the vehicle as it is hit, with the camera zooming out to better capture the whole incident before the footage ends.

The images were shared on social media by an unverified account going by ’25 Separate Airborne Sicheslav Brigade’ on Saturday, 26th March, and captioned (in Ukrainian): “The landing is working! Confidently destroying the ‘liberators’ along with their technology! Victory for us! Glory to Ukraine!”

Soldiers from an airborne brigade destroy a Russian armoured vehicle in Ukraine, in March, 2022. (@dshv25opdbr/Newsflash)

The images were also picked up by Ukrainian media outlets. It is unclear where exactly the images were filmed, although the 25th Airborne Brigade participated in the conflict with Russian separatists in the Donbas region in 2014.

US President Joe Biden rallied support for Ukraine at a landmark speech given in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday, during which he quoted Pope John Paul II, saying: “Never, ever give up hope, never doubt, never tire, never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”

He also said: “A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never erase a people’s love for liberty. Brutality will never grind down their will to be free. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia – for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness.”

Soldiers from an airborne brigade destroy a Russian armoured vehicle in Ukraine, in March, 2022. (@dshv25opdbr/Newsflash)

And then he caused controversy by saying: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” This was interpreted by many as a call for Vladimir Putin to be removed from office. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was quick to state that the White House was not actively seeking regime change in Moscow.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has kept communication lines with Moscow open in a bid to broker a ceasefire, also distanced himself from the remarks, as did UK Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi on behalf of the UK government.

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