95th Separate Assault Brigade destroys Russian vehicle

Russian Armored Vehicle Hit in Strike While Trying to Escape

Video footage purports to show a Russian armored personnel carrier emerging from a tree line and traveling across a pockmarked field before it’s hit in a Ukrainian artillery strike and left smoldering.

Zenger News obtained the video from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) on Wednesday.

The AFU General Staff said: “Soldiers of the 95th Air Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a Russian MT-LB armored personnel carrier that was trying to ‘escape.'”

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine says that the soldiers of the 95th Separate Assault Brigade destroyed a Russian armored transporter MT-LB in Ukraine.

The 95th Air Assault Brigade is a unit of Ukrainian Air Assault Forces, Ukraine’s rapid reaction force. It is located in Zhytomyr in northwest-central Ukraine. The brigade did not specify where in Ukraine the strike took place.

The MT-LB is a Soviet multi-purpose fully amphibious auxiliary armored tracked vehicle that entered service in the late 1950s. The Ukrainian military is also among its current operators.

Zenger News contacted Russian and Ukrainian officials for comment but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation” to “liberate the Donbas.” Thursday marks the 113th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and June 16, Russia had lost about 32,950 personnel, 1,449 tanks, 3,545 armored fighting vehicles, 729 artillery pieces, 233 multiple launch rocket systems, 97 air defense systems, 213 warplanes, 179 helicopters, 591 tactical drones, 129 cruise missiles, 13 warships, 2,494 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 55 pieces of special equipment.

In related news, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrived in Kyiv on Thursday for talks. They are reportedly hoping to rebut what has been perceived as their lukewarm support for Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Washington has told China it risks ending up on the “wrong side of history” following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assurances to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Beijing supports Russian “sovereignty.”

Thousands of civilians remain trapped in the key eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk, where the water supply is reported to be dwindling. Hundreds of civilians are taking shelter in the bunkers beneath the city’s Azot chemical plant.

Luhansk Oblast governor Serhiy Haidai said earlier this week that all three bridges into Severodonetsk had been destroyed, making delivering supplies and evacuating civilians impossible.

President Joe Biden has promised Kyiv another billion dollars in security assistance and weapon, and General Mark Milley, who chairs the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says Russia has lost around 20 to 30 percent of its armored force during the ongoing invasion.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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