The pro-Russian Luhansk People’s Republic has said that its tanks have destroyed Ukrainian positions near Lysychansk.
The footage purports to show one of the pro-Russian tanks being loaded with ammunition before soldiers can be seen apparently observing their target through binoculars.
The footage then shows the tank manoeuvring into position before repeatedly opening fire on targets in the distance that the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) said were Ukrainian positions.
The tank can then be seen swiftly moving away from its position to avoid return fire before another pro-Russian tank can also be seen firing ordnance.
The images were obtained from the People’s Militia of the LPR on Wednesday, 7th December, with a statement claiming: “Tankers from the 2nd Army Corps destroyed Ukrainian Nazis in the Lysychansk area.”
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 288th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 8th December, Russia had lost about 93,080 personnel, 2,937 tanks, 5,911 armoured combat vehicles, 1,925 artillery units, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 211 air defence systems, 281 warplanes, 264 helicopters, 1,603 drones, 592 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,528 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 164 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the war in Ukraine could become a “long-term process”.
He also denied that large numbers of Moscow’s forces were deserting from the Ukrainian battlefields.
Putin also said that Russia would not use nuclear weapons first in any conflict.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said today, Thursday, that the risk of nuclear weapons being used in the Ukraine war has decreased as a result of the international community putting pressure on Russia.
Scholz said: “One thing has changed for the time being: Russia has stopped threatening to use nuclear weapons. In response to the international community marking a red line.”
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