The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic has said that it has repelled a large-scale Ukrainian counteroffensive.
The images purport to show the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) hitting multiple Ukrainian military vehicles which can at first be seen driving along a dirt track before they turn around and retreat after sustaining heavy fire.
A number of the vehicles appeared to be destroyed and on fire.
The images were obtained from the pro-Russian People’s Militia of the DPR on Monday, 24th October, along with a statement claiming that its forces had repelled “a large-scale counterattack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
It also claimed: “The reconnaissance battalion of the special purpose battalion, with the support of the artillery units of the People’s Militia of the DPR, repelled the counterattack of numerous forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Thanks to the skilful use of minefields and artillery fire, which was corrected with the help of UAVs, as well as the resilience of the scouts, the attack was repelled with heavy losses for the enemy. An armoured personnel carrier and infantry fighting vehicles were destroyed, as well as a large number of enemy manpower.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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