Russia has said that its Su-25 attack planes firing missiles at Ukrainian military positions, as this footage purports to show.
The images begin by showing a Russian warplane being prepared for combat. Its pilot can be seen climbing into the cockpit before the plane taxies onto the runway and takes to the skies from an undisclosed location.
The footage then apparently shows two warplanes flying side-by-side for the video cuts to them flying low over countryside.
One of the aircraft can be seen firing its missiles at unseen targets before the footage cuts to one of the planes coming in to land.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday, 12th January, along with a statement claiming: “Su-25 attack aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out rocket air strikes on military facilities and equipment of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Missile launches were carried out in pairs from low altitudes.
“After the use of aviation weapons, the crews performed a manoeuvre, releasing heat traps, and returned to the departure airfield.
“As a result of combat use, camouflaged fortified field positions and armoured vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed.
“After the sorties, the engineering and technical staff completed the tasks of servicing aircraft and preparing aviation equipment for a second combat sortie.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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