This is the moment Ukrainian fighters destroy a Russian fuel tanker and several armoured vehicles.
The 45th Separate Artillery Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on 22nd May: “BOOM, effective combat test drive of the Ukrainian UAV SPECTATOR of the 45th OABR!
“There is always work for drones in the unit on the front line. Air reconnaissance provided the data – and there was a worthy target, a hostile object.
“The drone took off for reconnaissance work in the evening and confirmed the target. In the early morning the next day, they took off again with the support of 2S7 [Pion artillery] and it worked out well.
“The hot smell of the Ukrainian Pion, as it is called, is the last thing the occupiers felt.
“The orcs are down a tanker and several units of armoured vehicles. We are in a great mood from our effective cooperation.
“And an invitation to all manufacturers of modern military equipment and the latest weapons – welcome, we have a real, real test site for your products!”
The Ukrainian Centre for Strategic Communications (StratCom) said: “The 45th Separate Artillery Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out an attack with the precision of a surgical scalpel.
“As a result, the racists are minus one tanker and several units of light armoured vehicles. To be continued…
“Believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Glory to Ukraine!”
Russian troops invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 89th day of the campaign.
From 24th February to 23rd May, the total combat losses of Russian troops stand at around 29,200 personnel, according to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian military also claims that Russia has lost 1,293 tanks, 3,166 armoured fighting vehicles, 604 artillery systems, 201 multiple launch rocket systems, 93 anti-aircraft systems, 204 warplanes, 170 helicopters, 2,206 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, 13 vessels, 476 unmanned aerial vehicles, 43 units of special equipment, and 110 cruise missiles.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an “absolute failure” and said Russian leaders were afraid to acknowledge “that catastrophic mistakes were made at the highest military and state level”.
Zelenskyy also said that said Ukraine is determined to reclaim control over the southern cities of Kherson, Melitopol, Berdiansk, Enerhodar and Mariupol, currently occupied by Russian forces.