These images purport to show a Russian air defence system destroying a Ukrainian aerial target.
The footage begins by showing the air defence system manoeuvring into position in a field.
They can then be seen stopping in a line of trees by the field before deploying their weapons, three missiles that can be seen pointing towards the sky.
The images then show the inside of the air defence system before one of the missiles fired and apparently hits an aerial target as the footage ends.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday, 17th February, along with a statement claiming: “In the course of the special military operation, the crews of the Buk-M2 anti-aircraft missile systems (SAM) continue to protect the units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation from enemy air attacks.
“This is a highly mobile complex designed to destroy strategic and tactical aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles, guided bombs and other aerodynamic aircraft, in the entire range of their possible use, as well as to combat tactical ballistic, aviation missiles and other elements of high-precision weapons in flight.
“The complex provides protection of covered objects from air attack means, including in conditions of intense enemy electronic and fire countermeasures.
“A ‘Buk-M2’ SAM launcher goes to the firing position. The speed and manoeuvrability of a combat vehicle are like a good SUV. The ‘Buk’ stops and immediately goes into combat readiness.
“When the Buk is on alert, the sky remains clear.
“The air defence system brings the missiles to the starting position, the radar scans the sector. When the rockets are ready, rotation begins in search of a sector of fire.
“In the zone of the special military operation, the complexes cover troops, command posts, and headquarters from attacks by an enemy who is trying to strike from the air, as well as settlements where civilians are located.
“An order comes from the command post to destroy an air target – an enemy unmanned aerial vehicle.
“As a rule, one missile is spent on hitting one target. The exception is especially large and high-speed objects, such as Tochka-U. In addition to them, at the beginning of the special military operation, this complex destroyed a large number of Bayraktar TB2 reconnaissance and strike UAVs, it also effectively destroys Tochka-U, HIMARS MLRS missiles and other multiple rocket launchers.
“‘Beeches’ are also distinguished by high cross-country ability, they are on caterpillar tracks. They develop speeds up to 60 kph, wherever they are.
“Deployment to a new position will not take more than five minutes, and the Buk-M2 complex will again begin to perform combat missions, providing a reliable shield not only for Russian troops, but also for civilians.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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