Military Instructors Train Ukrainian Soldiers To Shoot ATGMs At Tanks

These images show military instructors training Ukrainian soldiers to fire anti-tank guided missile tanks.

The footage shows Ukrainian troops practising to use the weaponry on training grounds at an undisclosed location.

The images were obtained from the Donetsk Separate Brigade of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces on Monday, 20th February, along with a statement saying: “The fighters of our brigade use guided missiles designed to hit tanks and other armoured targets. Our fighters are guys with great potential! All for the sake of victory! Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Armed Forces!”

The images were relayed by the Regional Directorate of Territorial Defence Forces ‘East’ of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Tuesday, 21st February, along with a statement saying: “Instructors of the Donetsk Separate Brigade of the Territorial Defence Forces continue to make every serviceman of the brigade a true specialist.

“This time, ATGM operators improved their skills in destroying enemy equipment.

“Soon there will be more Mokshan scrap metal on the battlefield! Death to the enemies!”

‘Mokshan’ can be loosely translated into English to mean ‘hillbillies’.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 365th day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 23rd February 2023, Russia had lost about 145,850 personnel, 3,350 tanks, 6,593 armoured combat vehicles, 2,352 artillery units, 471 multiple launch rocket systems, 244 air defence systems, 299 warplanes, 287 helicopters, 2,029 drones, 873 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,215 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 228 units of special equipment.

Picture shows an explosion in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the Donetsk separate brigade of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. (@donobrtro/Newsflash)

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

US President Joe Biden has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a “big mistake” by suspending Russia’s participation in the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty.

Russia’s parliament approved Putin’s move to suspend the treaty on Wednesday.

The US government is reportedly considering releasing information that it thinks shows that China is considering whether to supply weaponry to Russia for its war in Ukraine.

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and called it “an affront to our collective conscience” at a meeting of the General Assembly in New York.

Oleksandr Prokudin, the Ukrainian head of the regional military administration in Kherson, has said that an 81-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man were killed during Russian shelling of the village of Novotyahinka on Wednesday.

President Biden has said that the United States will defend “literally every inch of NATO” territory.

Biden was speaking ahead of a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the leaders of the Bucharest 9 (B9), the most eastern nations of NATO’s Alliance and the closest to Russia’s borders.

Military instructors and Ukrainian soldiers hold ATGM in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the Donetsk separate brigade of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023. (@donobrtro/Newsflash)

Wang Yi, China’s most senior diplomat, has met Putin in Moscow, with China and Russia reaffirming their close relationship.

Wang reportedly told Putin that China will play a “constructive” role in reaching a political settlement on Ukraine, according to Russian state-owned TASS news agency.

Putin has praised Russia’s soldiers, who he said are fighting “heroically, courageously, bravely” to “defend the Fatherland”. He was speaking at a rally in Moscow to mark a year of war in Ukraine.

UK Defence Minister Ben Wallace has said that Britain has begun to “warm up” production lines to replace weaponry sent to Ukraine and to increase artillery shell production.

The US-based think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has said that it is likely in the future that Russia will control Belarus and that NATO must “seriously plan” for this.

The ISW said that Putin will “very likely secure significant gains in restoring Russian suzerainty over Belarus” and that it is likely that he will use it as a basis to further threaten Ukraine and NATO’s eastern members.