The pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic has said that its special forces have destroyed a column of Ukrainian armoured vehicles.
These images purport to show the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) opening fire on the Ukrainian vehicles with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), with subsequent images apparently showing some of them destroyed.
The images were obtained from the People’s Militia of the DPR on Tuesday, 25th October, along with a statement claiming: “Cemetery of Armoured Vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine – the result of the work of the scouts of the special forces battalion.
“The enemy was identified using thermal imagers and destroyed using ATGMs. The enemy continues to send more and more new equipment into suicidal attacks on the scouts – now five units of the broken equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are left standing in this area.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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