Russian Tanks Allegedly Destroy Ukrainian Military Positions In Donetsk Region

These images purport to show Russian tanks hitting Ukrainian military positions in the Donetsk Region.

The footage shows Russian tanks opening fire on moving military vehicles, allegedly belonging to Ukrainian forces, in a snow-covered field.

The footage was obtained from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday, 11th January, along with a statement claiming: “Military personnel of the 1st Slavic Motorised Rifle Brigade of the 1st Army Corps actively continue to destroy units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donetsk direction.

“During combat operations, crews of T-72B3M tanks use small-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to search for targets when the enemy is using anti-tank weapons.

“Having received target designation, the fighters strike at enemy firing points and strongholds, thereby providing the opportunity for motorized rifle units to advance.

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“At the first opportunity, tankers go to enemy positions, working with direct fire on strongholds to suppress manpower and support assault groups.”

We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation.” Today marks the 687th day of the full-scale war.

Russian tanks destroy Ukrainian military positions in the Donetsk region. In Ukraine in undated footage. The footage released by the Russian MoD on Thursday, Jan.11, 2024. (Russian Ministry of Defence/Newsflash)

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 11th January 2024. Russia had lost approximately 367,620 personnel, 6,050 tanks, 11,238 armoured combat vehicles, 8,699 artillery units, 957 multiple launch rocket systems. 641 air defence systems, 329 warplanes, 324 helicopters, 6,834 drones, 1,806 cruise missiles, 23 warships, 1 submarine, 11,596 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 1,337 units of special equipment.

Ukrainian President Zelenskiy is currently touring former Soviet republics in the EU and NATO. During a surprise visit to Lithuania, he met President Nauseda, emphasising strong ties and partnership, marking the start of his diplomatic tour.

Dozens of schoolchildren were evacuated from Belgorod, a Russian border city, due to deadly Ukrainian shelling attacks. It marks the largest evacuation from a major Russian city since hostilities began in 2022. With about 300 residents already leaving the area.

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Zelenskiy warned that Western hesitation on aid to Ukraine is aiding Putin, as he highlighted during a news conference with Nauseda.

A 48-year-old woman in Kharkiv Oblast was killed and a school was partially destroyed in Russian airstrikes, as reported by Ukraine’s state emergency service.

Zelenskiy expressed a strong desire for Ukraine to secure NATO membership at this year’s summit. Highlighting the decisive nature of 2024 for Ukraine and its allies. During a news conference in Lithuania, he asserted: “Russia can be stopped.”

Zelenskiy, at a news conference in Vilnius, emphasised that air defence systems are the top priority lacking in Ukraine.

Russian tanks destroy Ukrainian military positions. In the Donetsk region in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage released by the Russian MoD. On Thursday, Jan.11, 2024. (Russian Ministry of Defence/Newsflash)

He called for increased support to Kyiv, cautioning that unless allies unite to stop him. Putin could extend attacks beyond Ukraine to other neighbours.

Russian attacks have left at least four people injured across nine Ukrainian oblasts in the past day (WED), according to regional officials.

Two individuals were harmed in the frontline town of Avdiivka in Donetsk oblast.

In Kherson oblast, Governor Oleksandr Prokudin reported two civilians wounded in attacks that damaged a bank, a factory, an educational institution, and other civilian buildings.