This footage allegedly shows tankers of the Russian Armed Forces joining the infantry to offer military support on the offensive positions in the Donetsk region.
The images show dozens of ‘Z’-daubed tanks that allegedly passed through the city of Marinka as they are being greeted by infantrymen.
The ‘Z’ is one of the symbols, as well as the letters ‘V’ and ‘O’ that can be seen painted on Russian military vehicles taking part in the invasion of Ukraine.
One of the tanks then arrives at what appears to be a combat zone among ruined houses and opens fire, allegedly at Ukrainian positions.
The footage was obtained by Newsflash from the People’s Militia of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic on 26th December, along with a statement that said: “Tankers of the 150th Motorised Rifle Division destroy enemy firing points in Marinka.
“The work is carried out in the interests of the infantry – so that the fighters can move through the settlement and knock out the enemy from the Marinka fortified area without fear of enemy fire from the windows of the upper floors and pillboxes.”
We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 307th day of the invasion.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 27th December, Russia had lost about 103,220 personnel, 3,016 tanks, 6,024 armoured combat vehicles, 1,998 artillery units, 418 multiple launch rocket systems, 212 air defence systems, 283 warplanes, 267 helicopters, 1,707 drones, 653 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,652 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 179 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
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