The Ukrainian Air Force has shot down a Russian missile using a German Cheetah anti-aircraft system.
The footage shows the German-made war machine taking out the missile by shooting it while it was in flight, causing a large explosion. The incident took place amid a fresh wave of missile attacks from Russia targeting Ukraine.
In the video, a Ukrainian soldier can be heard shouting “Yes! Contact!” as the Russian missile turns into a fireball and comes crashing down to earth.
Another Ukrainian soldier then appears to open fire with his assault rifle as the footage ends, although it is unclear if he was shooting at a second incoming missile.
The images were obtained from the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Monday, 5th December, along with a statement saying: “Equipment provided by partners protects Ukrainian skies from the cruise missiles of the rashist terrorists.
“This time it’s a flawless work by the German Cheetah.”
‘Rashist’ is a term that is often used by the Ukrainian forces when referring to the Russian invaders. It is a combination of the words ‘Russia’ and ‘fascism’.
Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 286th day of the war.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 6th December, Russia had lost about 92,200 personnel, 2,929 tanks, 5,905 armoured combat vehicles, 1,915 artillery units, 395 multiple launch rocket systems, 211 air defence systems, 281 warplanes, 264 helicopters, 1,587 drones, 592 cruise missiles, 16 warships, 4,505 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 163 units of special equipment.
Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that his country is switching to emergency shutdowns to stabilise the electricity grid after Russia launched a fresh wave of missiles at civilian infrastructure on Monday.
The Ukrainian General Staff has said that over 60 Russian missiles were shot down.
President Zelensky said that many regions were affected, with the local authorities warning that approximately half of the Kyiv region would be without power over the next few days.
At least four people were killed in the Russian strikes on Monday.
The Russian Ministry of Defence has claimed that Ukrainian drones attacked two airbases in Ryazan and Saratov in south-central Russia.
They said that three servicemen had been killed and four more had been wounded, with two aircraft left damaged.
Ukraine has not yet claimed responsibility for the attacks, which would be its deepest yet inside Russia’s borders since the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February.
The NGO Statewatch has said that Canadian-made parts have been found in Iranian-made Shahed 136 ‘kamikaze’ drones.
Statewatch also said that components from 30 American and European companies were also found to have been used in the drones.
Iran has been accused of supplying Russia with a large quantity of Shahed 136 drones.
Moscow has claimed that while the new Western-led price cap on Russian oil will destabilise the world’s energy markets, it would not affect its invasion of Ukraine.
Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Russia was preparing a response to the move by the G7 and allies.
John Kirby, the White House national security spokesperson, said that the oil price cap would not have any long-term impact on global oil prices.