These images reportedly show mobilised Russian troops using anti-tank missile systems and armoured vehicles.
The footage shows a Russian armoured vehicle manoeuvring into position before a soldier fires one of the anti-tank missile systems from it.
The images then show Russian soldiers exiting an armoured personnel carrier before using an anti-tank missile system set up on the ground.
The images were obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday, 24th November, along with a statement claiming: “At the training ground in the rear area of the special military operation, combat coordination is being carried out (as part of full-time units) of military personnel who arrived at the units of the Airborne Forces for mobilisation.
“With the mobilised troops, classes are held on driving BTR-D armoured personnel carriers and firing from the Fagot anti-tank missile system, which allows hitting any armoured target.”
The Russian MoD quotes Alexei, a commander of an anti-tank battery as saying: “Today we coordinated platoons and batteries with live firing. The newly arrived replenishment from among the mobilised and volunteers participated in the coordination. I am very glad that the guys came with good initial training, some of them served under a contract, and there are even those who have been in hot spots.”
The Russian MoD also said: “The skills acquired by mobilised military personnel at training grounds in various regions of Russia in conditions close to combat are honed to automatism.
“Particular attention is paid to tactical and fire training, which involves conducting long-term intensive firing from various types of weapons, including a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a heavy machine gun and a grenade launcher, hitting area targets at various ranges. At the training points, aerial reconnaissance is also practised using a wide range of quadrocopter-type unmanned aerial vehicles.
“Citizens called up from the reserve as part of partial mobilization, and volunteers under the guidance of experienced instructors with extensive combat experience gained during participation in a special military operation, undergo training, which includes fire, medical, tactical, engineering, and also master weapons, military and special equipment.
“All military personnel who arrived after mobilisation are provided with all types of allowances, including all the required cash payments.
“In the future, the mobilised servicemen will replenish their regular units, where, together with new comrades who have combat experience in the course of a special military operation, they will begin to carry out combat missions.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
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