These images purport to show mobilised Russian soldiers training to use anti-tank guided missile systems in Siberia.
The footage begins by showing the mobilised soldiers firing live rockets from Igla man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile systems into the sky in snowy conditions.
The images then show a Shturm-S anti-tank guided missile armoured vehicle firing live rockets into the sky as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday, 25th November, along with a statement claiming: “Mobilised servicemen in Siberia perform live firing from Igla MANPADS and Shturm-S ATGMs.
“Military personnel called up as part of partial mobilisation at the training grounds of the Central Military District in Siberia are practising the skills of destroying air targets from the Igla MANPADS, as well as armoured vehicles of a mock enemy from Shturm-S anti-tank missile systems (ATGM).
“In the course of firing from the Igla MANPADS, air targets imitate lighting mines fired from the 120-mm Sani mortar. The servicemen of the air defence units are working out the tasks of masking the firing position and transferring the complex from travelling to combat.
“Crews of Shturm-S anti-tank missile systems are improving their skills in destroying “enemy” armoured vehicles with the help of guided missiles, having previously completed the tasks of selecting and equipping positions for firing.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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