Ukrainian Forces Destroy Camouflaged Russian Ammunition Depot In Forested Area

This is the moment Ukrainian forces destroy a camouflaged Russian ammunition depot in a forested area in a huge explosion.

The images, filmed from a drone, show Russian soldiers entering a building in a forested area.

The footage then shows the area being targeted by Ukrainian ordnance, causing a large explosion and fire as smoke rises into the air.

The images were obtained from the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Saturday, 18th February, along with a statement saying: “The 54 OMBr [54th Mechanized Brigade] destroys a Russian warehouse with ammunition.”

The images and statement were also relayed by Operational Command ‘East’ of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Sunday, 19th February.

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 362nd day of the full-scale war.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 20th February 2023, Russia had lost about 143,680 personnel, 3,316 tanks, 6,553 armoured combat vehicles, 2,334 artillery units, 471 multiple launch rocket systems, 243 air defence systems, 299 warplanes, 287 helicopters, 2,018 drones, 873 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,209 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 225 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

Ukrainian fighters destroy Russian camouflaged ammunition warehouse in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 72nd separate mechanized brigade on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023. (@UALandForces/Newsflash)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that China may be about to provide Russia with arms for its war in Ukraine.

Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, has said that the war could be over “in weeks” if the EU fails to increase how much it is supplying in ammunition to Ukraine.

Borrell said: “We are in urgent war mode.”

He added: “This shortage of ammunition has to be solved quickly.”

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that his forces were inflicting “extraordinarily significant” losses on Moscow’s forces near Vuhledar, a town in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

President Zelensky also said that “the more losses Russia suffers there … in Bakhmut, Vuhledar, Marinka, Kreminna – the faster we will be able to end this war with Ukraine’s victory.”

The United States and Ukraine are “still having discussions” about F-16 fighter jets as there is continued pressure to supply Kyiv with warplanes.

Ukrainian fighters destroy Russian camouflaged ammunition warehouse in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the 72nd separate mechanized brigade on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023. (@UALandForces/Newsflash)

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, has indicated that Washington could reverse its refusal to provide Ukraine with F-16 jets.

Thomas-Greenfield said on Sunday: “We’re still having discussions on the ground with the Ukrainians. And, again, we have to ensure — and I think Secretary Blinken said this as well — that they have the training necessary and the capacity to use weapon systems that we provide to them.”

President Zelensky said after speaking to French President Emmanuel on Sunday by phone that he thanked the French President “for understanding our needs and for expressing jointly that we cannot waste any opportunity or a single week in our defence against Russian aggression.”

Zelensky added: “We also discussed important decisions that we are planning for this week – for our year of resistance.”

France has said that it will send AMX-10 light armoured vehicles, which it has promised to Ukraine, “by the end of next week”.

President Macron has reportedly said that he wants Russia to lose but does not want to see it “crushed”.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that he is going to discuss increasing the number of American soldiers in Poland with US President Joe Biden.

He said: “We are in the process of discussion with President Biden’s administration about making their presence more permanent and increasing them.”